But this isn’t a political post.
I’m not going to rant one way or another about our nation or our state’s ills. Or the problems with leadership. Or the strength of one party against another.
As mayor of a small community, I want to address the necessity of politics and how some simple, political principles are necessary for a community to operate openly, honestly and fairly.
When political subjects are brought up nowadays, it seems like everyone is very quick to judge and to shut down (or shut out) points of view that don’t square with their preconceived notions of what’s “good” and what’s “bad.” Sometimes those notions are complete and well-informed. Usually, they’re not.
I come from a fairly conservative background. I’m a believer in making sure you know you can pay for something before you buy it. I also believe that we all have a duty to leave our place in the world a little better than the way we found it – that we have a stewardship responsibility to tend to our home and those around us in a way that’s compassionate, caring and considerate.
And I believe in making sure people are accountable for the things they say and do. And for the promises they make.
Unfortunately, my background doesn’t square very well with either national political party, but I believe it squares with my friends and family here in Riverdale. And that’s why I agreed to run for mayor in the first place.
My friends, we have a lot of work to do in this city to make sure it’s better off than the way we found it – whether that was last year, twenty years ago or back when it was founded. The world has changed and Riverdale has changed with it. But some of the problems we see every two weeks at City Council have been around for a long time.
That’s why I’m putting such an emphasis on communications and open dialogue between people.
The political process is fueled by debate and respect. Listening to others and considering their points of view first is an innate part of the political process. Sharing information openly and freely helps inform those engaged in debate – so I ask you all to do two things to help make Riverdale a great place to live, work and raise a family:
1. Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Read and share our community’s news with your family and neighbors. Let us know what additional information you’d like to have available to review online. Make sure you’re informed.
2. Engage with us. Talk with your friends and neighbors. And those of us at City Hall, too.
By engaging in the process of informed, political debate, we can work together to create a new future that meets our expectations and lays the groundwork for great things to come.
Get political with us. We’ll all be better off as a result.