Update: Yes I caught some typos. D’oh!Â I’ve corrected them in bold. Ugh! I hate that!!
Update #2: Note to candidates… please feel welcome to go into detail with any of your answers including question #1.Â What you send will be published!
Today I mailed a survey to 10 the people seeking elected office (or reelection) in LaVergne.Â I’m publishing what I sent here to give whoever reads this site a sneak peek.Â If YOU read this and are friends with a candidate who doesn’t visit this site, please feel welcome to send them a link or tell them about it.Â Answers will be published here in the beginning of October…
The cover letter:
September 8, 2010
Hello from This is LaVergne.com! First, please accept our gratitude that you have chosen to seek election to serve the residents of LaVergne in an important decision-making capacity. Running for office is a commendable thing to do undertaking and I applaud you for your courage, dedication, and commitment!
This is LaVergne.com serves as a sort of news source for many residents of the city. With no daily newspaper and media coverage that usually focuses on the negative, we try to bring good news, concerns, and community discussion to our site. The site is non-profit â€“ there is no advertising sales and it is run by volunteers. We average about 300 â€“ 500 readers each day, however readership usually drops to 200 on weekends and during election season (and during the flooding), readership soars to more than 2,000 per day.
We invite you to answer the attached survey for publication in October on www.ThisIsLaVergne.com. All answers will be printed AS-IS â€“ that is either filled with grammatical and punctuation errors or perfectly written because youâ€™ve asked someone to proofread it before returning.
The survey should be returned NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. The only possible wiggle room from this deadline is that it be in my hands BEFORE the first survey response is published online. Once the first response is up (early October), no other surveys will be accepted for publication. This is our only major rule because it would be unfair for late responses to come in â€“ and have their answers based on or copied from the answers given by other candidates. The responses will be published in the order the completed ones are returned. We will state that all candidates were invited to reply, but no response was received from whoever does not respond.
Thank you for answering these important questions and good luck on November 2nd!
I hope I didn’t have any typos… ;)Â And now page two with a short intro and the questions:
Congratulations on your commitment to the residents of LaVergne as you seek to serve as an elected official. Although the Chamber of Commerce already sent you a questionnaire, this one delves deeper into issues that impact our community. Here we would like you to address resident concerns that impact them every day, as well as issues affecting the cityâ€™s long-term fiscal health, potential growth both economically and culturally, and reasons we should cast our vote your way.
The survey should be returned by September 30th by fax to Kathy Tyson at (615) 459-0193, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or regular mail Bob Parks Realty, attn: Kathy Tyson, 557 Sam Ridley Pkwy., W., Smyrna, TN 37167.
Thank you for taking the time to reply to these questions.
1. Rank in the number of importance â€“ 1 being most urgent for the city, 6 being least important:
_____ Increase the number of public safety officers
_____ Economic development
_____ Tax reform for the city
_____ Job growth
_____ Work with the county to build a new high school
_____ Explore and implement ways to restore home values in LaVergne
2. Do you believe property taxes should be increased in LaVergne?
3. What is the highest level of education you have completed?
4. Many of LaVergneâ€™s problems have been caused by decisions made by past elected officials and poor administration. While we canâ€™t change the past, we can address past mistakes in order to build a better future. What would you do to restore LaVergneâ€™s good reputation as a desirable place to buy homes, raise families, and entice more jobs here?
5. Why should I vote for you?
That’s it. I’m fairly certain that some folks will take issue with how I phrased the questions (especially by Question #4), but in fairness, their response to that question – even how it is written – will be very interesting to me.