August 23, 2011 Leave a comment
It is with a joyous heart that I inform you that I will begin to attend City Council Meetings, and even weigh in with opinions on issues. It may come as a surprise to you, as it did to me, that I have not been doing this. Well, it’s about time I start, and none too soon.
The citizens demand it!
At last night’s City Council Meeting, a citizen rose to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting. He is a regular attender of Council Meetings, and noted that the incumbents are present. He said he has not seen any challengers for office at Council Meetings (news to me), and would like them to attend. He also asked that the community hold a candidate forum for citizens to get to know the candidates better.
Granted, last night I entered the meeting a couple of minutes late, so this gentleman did not see me sitting a couple of rows behind him. After the meeting was over, we had a chance to talk, and I gave him my phone number. I am willing to talk with any and all concerned citizens.
As I have done previously, I am available and willing to participate in a candidate forum. I am not currently aware of any attempts to organize one, but should a local civic group invite me, I will look favorably on being a part of such an event.
There was at least one other candidate for City Council attending in the public seating last night as well. In addition, the meetings of the City Council are broadcast live on the Internet. If a person is not able to attend, or listen live, the recording is available via the city’s website to listen to at a later time.
All of this is well and good, and I am pleased that citizens are stepping up and wanting to get to know the candidates for office in the community.
More information regarding my campaign activities will be coming. In the meantime, look for me to be sitting with my Netbook at the Council Meetings. It will be easy to spot me. Only real news professionals and bloggers will be using a laptop in the audience. That narrows it down to two people at many meetings. In some cases, it will be just one.
Editor’s note: This blog began in 2008. I ran for City Council in 2009, and narrowly missed being elected. In June 2011, I filed to run for City Council in this November’s Election. I also regularly attend Council Meetings and workshops, and have been doing so for about three years.