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Editorial: Nominations open for 2017 News-Journal Citizen of the Year

Dec. 9, 2017 at 10:14 p.m.
Updated Dec. 12, 2017 at 11:14 a.m.

Since its founding, this newspaper has been highlighting and celebrating the successes of those it serves. We have long strived to do that both in news stories and through our opinions, which appear in this space.

Last year, we added a new element to those celebrations, one in which you have an important role. And today we are asking for your help in choosing our second annual Longview News-Journal Citizen of the Year.

With this award, the News-Journal — and that includes you, its readers — can publicly recognize the achievements of those who work to make the Longview area better each year, whose contributions have had the biggest impact in the year just ending. This may acknowledge something tangible, such as a business or an event, or recognize something emblematic that has strengthened our area's image.

Why? While we have been honored as your newspaper to chronicle the continuing development and improvement of our area, we recognize that does not happen by accident. The Longview area's growth and continuing success is driven by those who set out each day intent on making a mark and leaving a legacy for our children.

The 2016 honoree was not an individual but a group. Partners in Prevention was honored for its leading role in efforts aimed at reducing the root causes of violence and crime. The city of Longview agency has worked to meet needs seen amid a troubling spike in homicides, and its programs have had a positive impact.

Who has been at the forefront of this year's major developments in our area? Today, we are asking for your help to recognize that person or group with your nominations. Some general guidelines:

We are recognizing the individual (or group of individuals) who have had the greatest impact on life in the Longview area during the 2017 calendar year.

The nominee's impact this year could be in nearly any aspect of life — including elected office, charitable donations or actions, economic development, cultural achievements or community leadership.

Weight will be given to nominees whose efforts improved quality of life for at least a segment of the Longview area, or who caused dramatic change.

We encourage you to send us a name and explanation of why you are nominating that person, though most weight will be given to nominations that come in the form of a column (no more than 700 words) or a letter to the editor (no more than 200 words) that you write. In that way, your nominations may be shared with all of our readers.

We also intend to offer our own nominations based on observations of what we have seen this year, and the News-Journal editorial board will make the final selection of winners and runners-up.

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration and your nominations.

To make a nomination

Write a 700-word column or 200-word letter about how your nominee has substantially contributed to or changed the Longview area this year.

Email to, mail to Letters, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606, or hand deliver to our offices at 320 E. Methvin St.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

The honoree will be announced later in January.



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