Why I'm Running

Welcome to my blog! I’ll let you all in on a secret: I’ve never “blogged” before, but I’m looking forward to introducing myself to curious readers and explaining my stance on specific issues a little more in-depth as we lead up to November 8th. By sharing my thoughts here, I hope you will be able to make the most informed decision in the voting booth. 

I thought it might be a good start to highlight some of the reasons I’ve decided to run.

The “About” section of this website touches on my experience, and how, through my many years in management and volunteering, I feel this is a natural progression of my commitment to the West Haven/Ogden/Roy community.  However, I’d like to be a bit more frank for a moment:  I, like so many Utahns that I speak with daily, have become incredibly frustrated with the level of political discourse in this country, and the stagnation and combativeness I see when I turn on cable news.  Like many of you, I’ve spent a lot of hours thinking about and feeling this frustration: “Why can’t we get things done?” “Why does compromise and courtesy seem to be dead in politics?” I realized, after watching a TED Talk about mayors a few months ago, and putting the pieces together with my own experiences volunteering in our local community, that the best way to change the political climate in this country would be to stop talking about the frustrations I see on a national and international level, turn off the TV, and focus on what I can do locally.  Right here, in our very own community, where if we look each other in the eye and work together as neighbors to achieve goals, I think we can achieve a lot.

I want to participate in writing our narrative as a local community, and I hope that by engaging with all of you here, at home – we might actually begin to overcome that stagnation and attack the problems that face us all, because our problems are shared.   There are compromises that need to be made, and we will not always get our way. Of course, we all learned that lesson as children, but I think we all need to relearn it, and I do believe that if we take care of the people right in front of us in a pragmatic way, that together, we can change the tone of politics in this country, and begin getting some things done again.  I hope you’ll join me in ACTING on our problems, in rediscovering the thing that makes this an incredible place to live, and join me in my effort to take care of each other once again.  

If you’d like to watch the TED Talk that helped inspire my run, by Political Theorist Benjamin Barber - you can see it by clicking the link below.  Thanks for reading, and please stay-tuned for other blog posts to include my thoughts on Air Quality, Healthcare Access, Education, and more. 

Thanks, as always, for your support.  Please feel free to comment – I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you better as well.

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/08/462270486/does-the-road-to-changing-the-world-go-through-city-hall