People love to speculate about other people’s motives for doing what they do. It’s natural. It’s human nature.

And it can be a colossal waste of time and energy.

Politicians are particularly susceptible to such speculation: Who’s ox will get gored next? Who’s pocket is he/she in?

And while I’m all for understanding the context and details of a subject – and try to keep an open mind as new facts pop up during the process of deliberation and decision-making – I’m horrible at “reading between the lines” to understand what motivates a person to say one thing and do another.

To complicate matters, I often forget there are people who are exactly the opposite of me. When I work with them, they’re always trying to “figure me out” and try to get ahead of the ball (so to speak). I suppose if they could, they would have an advantage when it came to influencing my decisions. But there’s one problem.

I’m not a “hidden agenda” type of guy. I like to lay stuff out for people to see and then engage in lively conversation about issues and opinions in order to clarify positions and strengthen arguments. Quite frankly, I enjoy conflict – when it’s friendly and civil – because competing ideas almost always yield a synthesis that’s better and stronger than the original parts.

So, while I don’t have a “hidden agenda” I do have a political one – designed to encourage civil discourse and creative conflict. The results of these kinds of interactions can be ideas that re-shape a community, save money and position us for the future.

My Political Agenda

Simply put, my goal as an elected official is to advance an programs and opportunities that focus on three areas:

  1. Communicate Clearly
  2. Engage Fully
  3. Act Intentionally

Clear Communications – I think it’s imperative we, as the leaders of the City, provide frequent updates on all issues to our residents and businesses. That communication needs to be clear and to the point. And issues need to be identified in a way that everybody can recognize the problems as they are and contribute to a solution.

Full Engagement – I’m always looking for ways to engage our citizens more fully. We need your input, opinions and help to make Riverdale a great place to live and raise a family. Look, we don’t have the financial resources (money) to pay for anything we want – we have to rely on our neighbors for help.

Encourage those you know in the City to subscribe to our e-newsletter and read our website or participate in Facebook discussions – that’s a great first step. And then, when you see a task force or committee doing something that interests you, join in. The more people involved in making Riverdale work as a community, help build a sense of community.

Act Intentionally – I’ve been around the block long enough to know that there’s a big difference between “just doing it” and “really doing it.” If we take on a project, we need to make sure we are in agreement as to what outcomes we want to achieve. And the path we take to achieve those outcomes should be clearly understood by everyone involved.

When we can work together toward a common set of goals and with our eyes (and minds) wide open, we can get their sooner and reap greater rewards in the process.

So “that’s my deal” – that’s my political agenda. I hope you’ll be a part of Riverdale’s success and join our team.

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