Former longtime Truman Mayor Elliot Belgard won a special election this year to gain a seat on the Martin County Commission. He represents District 1, which covers northeastern Martin County. We believe Belgard is an excellent public servant who now has had several months to get his feet wet on the county board. He is learning the ropes, making connections with people in the public and private sectors, and getting to know his colleagues on the commission. We think he has earned the right to a full term.