It was such a pleasure to attend the annual celebration yesterday with NO OBLIGATIONS other than to just enjoy it.Â I got to see lots of people, meet some new folks, talk to all the candidates who were present for the upcoming election, eat roasted corn on the cob, drink free water, watched a parade, and listened to some great music.Â The worst part of the day is that I missed the fireworks … my own fault.
GREAT JOB to all the city workers who put the event together.Â I know it’s a lot of hard, focused work where your diplomatic skills must be used in high gear.Â If there were any snafus, we didn’t see them and that – in my experience -always makes for a successful event.Â If there’s a mess-up, as long as people don’t know about it then there is NO mess-up!Â So BRAVO, y’all!
I did enjoy talking to the candidates and have left with some impressions.Â I’m not going to be specific here … will save for my endorsements when the election gets closer.Â But here are some general impressions:
- Most are in the races for the right reasons – they love living here and want to make it a better place to live.
- Some seem to be singularly focused on one or two issues where perhaps a broader picture is needed. But their issues of focus are good ones. These are the candidates who – if they don’t win election – should absolutely be tapped by the victors to serve on committees on behalf of the city… Economic Development, Local Emergency Management, Planning Commission.
- It’s a little uncomfortable for people to just pick up the phone and say, “Hey. You’re running for office. I’d like to get to know you.”Â Seriously.Â You need to make yourself available (which you did yesterday at OTD and thank you for that) whether it’s in person or online.
- One candidate who I “knew of” before, but had not met really left a positive impression on me.
- One candidate who I “knew of” before, but had not met didn’t at all impress me and (upon reflection) rather offended me.
- Two candidates who I “knew of” before are pretty okay people.Â I like ’em I do.Â Don’t know if I’ll vote for them in this election, but hope they’ll run again because I wish we could vote for FOUR aldermen.
- One candidate who I “knew” before did not change my personal opinion after chatting. After going over the conversation in my head several times, it became clear that the comments were an attack on the other candidates – subtle, but there.Â And I call BS.
- While I appreciate the site suggestions, I have decided not to limit free speech opportunities unless comments are vulgar.
- I am giving very serious consideration to implementing some comment guidelines on the actual posts when the questionnaires are returned.Â That was a good, good suggestion and I appreciate it.
That’s all I’ll leave you with for now.Â Remember, be civil.Â Conduct yourself in a way that will make your Momma proud.
Here are some pictures from the day!