York is facing a host of difficult issues, from crime to ensuring the city's long-term fiscal health.

And, thankfully, there's no shortage of volunteers willing to help deal with them.

Twenty-one people are hoping to fill the city council seat left vacant with the death last month of Joanne Borders.

They submitted applications by Friday's deadline, and the council now has until Oct. 25 to appoint one of them to serve until the next election, when voters will choose a permanent replacement.

Interestingly, this pool of "candidates" is larger than typically turns out during an election season.

Yes, this is a fast-track process. There are no nominating petitions to circulate, no primary election to survive -- no approval by voters necessary at all.

All that's needed, for now, is a desire to serve.

It's encouraging so many people are willing to spend their time and energy helping to make York City a better place for their neighbors.

That type of commitment is a prerequisite, really.

The job pays next to nothing, and, if a council member does it well, recognition is almost non-existent.

Make a mistake, on the other hand, and the criticism will be swift and furious.

These folks deserve our gratitude simply for stepping forward.

Just looking at the list of names, we're confident council members will find a qualified colleague they can work with for the next seven months.

And we hope the other 20 are still interested next primary season.