In the Athens City Council Third Ward race pitting first-time candidates Sam Crowl and Eric Gunn against each other in the Democratic Primary, we’re going to punt and leave the decision to you bright citizens.

Both Crowl and Gunn bring different backgrounds and perspectives to the fore, and we believe each has something important and positive to offer the city of Athens.

Crowl, a project coordinator for Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability, not surprisingly values the importance of making decisions sustainable both in economic and environmental terms. Neither side of that matrix should be neglected, he says.

Crowl can boast active involvement in a number of city boards and projects, with particular experience serving on an advisory committee for city parks, arts and recreation.

Gunn, meanwhile, has been an uptown businessman for many years, first with Haffa’s Records then additionally with the Union Bar (right across the street). In both capacities, he has a unique perspective on the intersection of town and gown in Athens, as well as how city policies and laws affect uptown merchants and other businesspeople in the city.

In interviews and the lone election forum held for the Third Ward seat, Crowl and Gunn mainly have spoken in general terms, rather than digging into city issues in great detail. That’s not necessarily bad in a primary election, however, since keeping an open mind is a valued trait for a newly installed City Council member.

We believe that either Gunn or Crowl will be productive and valued additions to City Council. Take your pick.

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