Last year there were no contested offices in any of our six towns on the Vineyard during the spring elections. Now is the time for people to start thinking about serving on a local board or committee for the coming year. Talk with people who have served. Find out how satisfying civic involvement can be. You can make a real difference in your town.

The deadlines to submit your papers to become a candidate are as follows:

Aquinnah, April 9;

Chilmark, March 10;

Edgartown, Feb. 20;

Oak Bluffs, Feb. 20;

Tisbury, March 25;

West Tisbury, Feb. 20.

Don’t just stand there — run!

Judy Crawford
West Tisbury

The writer is voter services chairman for the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard.