Thoughts and Reflections
It's been a busy past few weeks with getitng the website, brochures and lawn signs developed and answering a myriad of questions from the media.
In two and half weeks voters will go to the polls to select Nelson's next Mayor and City Council. Fifteen people are running for six seats on Nelson City Council and three for Mayor. The depth and diversity and passion for this community are obvious. Nelson will be in good hands with any combination of the eighteen.
I have been asked by Dave Elliot's supporters -- why are you runnning ... you share the same values ... you're splitting the vote and John will get in.
Firstly, when I visited City Hall on Thursday, October 13th to file my papers there was one other name who had filed for Mayor -- John Dooley.
Secondly, I passionately believe that democracy is about choice.
Thirdly, I think Nelson will be in good hands with whomever is elected Mayor -- John, Dave or myself -- especially with the great options that there are for the six City Council seats.
Fourthly, I don't think it serves Nelson or the democratic process to instill a sense of fear in voters about whether a certain candidate will be elected. Candidates should speak to who they are and what they believe in.
Fifthly, while Dave and I may share some similar values, when we sat around the City Council table for three years we rarely agreed on substantive issues. I think we are quite different.
With that said, I hope candidates focus in a positive way on the issues.
I trust in the community's wisdom.
Feel free to email me with any questions, comments or concerns.