Complex. If one had to define the work of Sacueni’s town hall in one word it would be “complex”. Many forget the difficulty of running a city that comprises and administers five other villages: Cadea, Ciocaia, Cubulcut, Olosig and Sânicolau du Munte. Add also the intricacy of the town being located seven kilometers away from the Hunagrian border. Which explains the Hungarian ethnic majority in the city, and points out the ethnic and religious diversity, adding yet another layer of challenge for town representatives.

It is not easy to take care of such varied realities by just one institution. Generally, local governments are the ones in charge of providing law enforcement, fire protection response, public schooling at the elementary and secondary levels, maintaining roads and buildings, equipping towns with adequate venues, ensuring the supply of key utilities such as electricity water and sewage services, regulating local businesses and serving as a first response to its citizens.

It is important to remind that the local government’s responsibilities may overlap with those of the regional or even state governments. Going to a deeper level of analysis, the reasons behind the existence of town halls are much more than just the mentioned administrative tasks. After having the chance to interview Elek Kiss, who was the campaign manager of last month’s elections for the RMSD, the comprehension towards the influence that the city hall has on each and every citizen has been corroborated. On a political level, local elections represent the first battlefield for national political parties.

Local political parties play a key role as they help candidates state-wide in various ways, such as the support of local elected officials to national candidates in order to boost the trust, dedication and involvement of townsfolk in presidential elections. Thus, politicians who hold elected local jobs are integral to the political parties. What happens in local politics indirectly affects the outcome of national politics and you will be able to see this in the upcoming elections next December. On a human level, local governments serve as the first line of response for citizens. The town hall gives better representation to the local people than any other institution; take advantage of that.

It helps different social groups feel identified in institutions, it sees their needs covered and applies a more direct approach to pressing issues that may appear. It gives people the opportunity to straightforwardly participate in decision-making. Going back to the complex realities faced by Sacueni’s representatives on a daily basis, there is a constant struggle to try and respond to different sensibilities by just one institution. In this case, bureaucracy gets in the way of a much needed development strategy to uplift the villages. Investments should be made in order to foster progress and promote change.

Then again, citizens must be willing to embrace said change and aspire for a better future. Change is never easy, but one must be ambitious. As a citizen of Sacueni, you should reciprocate and get involved in the town’s life. However, bear in mind that the task made by your representatives is not an easy deed, a little bit of empathy could help. In this sense, Sacueni’s town hall serves as a nexus of union between the five villages that constitute the city. Setting common objectives while at the same time responding to each municipality’s needs is going to be challenging but one cannot run away from their duties.

Local government is your first line of response, use it accordingly. After getting to know the importance of Sacueni’s city hall and how it functions, it is safe to say that local representatives work to promote the well-being and quality of life of Sacuenians and the communities that form this diverse city, through the efficient accomplishment of their functions as well as the delivery of good-value services for all.