While it seems far too early to even consider such a thing, the 2014 mid-term primaries will have come and gone in Alabama in less than a year.

For the state, that will mean learning a few new faces — specifically, Sen. Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, whose district will now include St. Clair County — and seeing some familiar faces in different spots — Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, has already declared his intention to run for State Senate in District 11. Rep. Mack Butler, R-Rainbow City, will run for his first full term after winning a special election in 2012.

At home, commissioner Jeff Brown (District 1) will be up for reelection, as will Chairman Stan Batemon, who confirmed Tuesday that he will seek to retain his seat. Chairman Pro Tem Paul Manning, commissioner for District 3, has also said he intends to seek the office of chairman.

We do wish all those seeking public office the best. On the other hand, we do fret about the business of St. Clair County.

The elections, after all, are almost a year away — candidates will not even qualify for more than 10 months — and some very serious work must be done both at home and in Montgomery that should take precedence over stump speeches and campaign rallies. People in St. Clair County need leaders far more than they do politicians.

We trust all these veteran leaders understand this and will continue to serve their best. We hope so, anyway.