Awesome Shelli! I must say you do many things to serve the city and county. I may not agree with you on everything but I very much admire and appreciate you.
Note that this was written in 2010, so the candidates are different, but most of the content fits.
All I can say is: BRILLIANT. Now, if people will just read, reread, respond, ask questions and click on the links. That's the challenge. You can wake 'em up but you can't make 'em stay awake. These are the kinds of dialogues that are desperately needed. You've given your readers a good start, Queen Saline!
Shelli, first and foremost i applaude you for this, no mtter whose idea it was. My views and what I hope top accomplish are an open book. I want the voters to know wherre I'm coming from--why I decided to run for public office--and I feel all of the candidates should feel the same way. We are public officials once in office, no longer just private citizens, our ideas and thoughts can be translated into new ordinances and/or laws that can impact or lives and at the very least have an effect on it. I am not a politician, my expertise is in bookkeeping and I have been a business owner in NY---but I am passionate about 2 things--animals and common sense--if it doesn't make sense to the most people--it needs to be changed or revised. If a major much traveled road is cutting thru a residential area, where children play, safety measures must be in place--common sense--if taxes are being collected to implement things to make our lives better--the public needs to be aware of how much money, where its coming from, and just how it is beig spent without having to go thru red tape to get the answers--common sense--If there is a dangerous corner, on a even sometime heavily traveled road--again, safety measures must be implemented. If ferel dogs and cats are causing problems to our health or safety, it must be addressed and dealt with and if the current way isn't working--lets find a different way--common sense--can we just say NO to taxes even when needed to be spent to make our lives more comfortable, our roads safer, our children safer? Can we use common sense instead of emotions and stubborn --"this is how it was always done" attitudes to solve this--and just how much is enough? Do we have leaders who care about costs before implementing a project--do they place cost above all else, even if safety is concerned? These are things I will address, I will be open and available to answer the problems closest to an individual--I make no promise to solve it--onkly that I will give it my full att to resolve it. No one in city government has the power to "do it all" and no one will be able to please everyone--but they all can listen, they all can use their common sense in almost all issues, they all can be available and they all can get together to discuss important (important to the majority) issues. The public has to deicde who they will trust to do this. That is their "job" before they elect someone who is a good neighbor but a terrible listener or apathetic to another's needs. I can be reached thru this forum or thru my email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'm on facebook---I will always answer you there thru pm. My interest is to get people to realize that Benton has begun a forward movement and we need people who will continue to move us in that direction. We are the largest city in Saline County and should be leaders and innovators, not stick in the muds. My parents had lived here since 1980 and my brother since 1961 and we have progressed more in the last 2 years tha the past 20--that is a good commentary for the future but a sad one about our past--but it has been difficult and although much has been accomplished, it has been slow progress frought with many bumps in the road that shouldn't have been ther. There is much more to be done--lets do it together.
This may be an old post but it is still relevant today! One thing we lack in local (Bryant) politics is a discussion of the issues. I discuss several local issues on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Burgess4Bryant .