I figured we’d be learning about several individuals interested in becoming a city council member, since petitions are beginning to circulate around town. Apparently there are a number of people who intend to run for one of the three seats on the city council up for election in 2017. The mayor’s seat is the fourth seat. So far, there are only two running for mayor but I expect more. Mayor Julie Moore-Wolfe is running as well as John Phillips, a regular face in the city council audience and the current president of the Decatur Library Board.
To be honest, I’ve been urged this year by some to run for city council and I have thought long and hard about it over the last couple months but the timing is wrong. I’m still a full-time student finishing up a degree with Oregon State and will be starting a new career next summer. I think that’s just a little too much on my plate to devote enough time and thought into a campaign. Plus, a citizen doesn’t have to be on the city council to have an impact in the community. I’ve learned that over and over again. I’ve noticed ideas that I’ve suggested have worked their way into the political process.
Part of me would love to run because because I think I’d be good at it. It would be interesting to experience. However, I’m also the pragmatic type. Possibly in the future, I’ll give it a go but until then, all keep on blogging.
With that out of the way, it seems like the race is shaping up to be what it usually is. There are the “safe” candidates that have the blessing of the powers that be and then there are the renegades and newcomers who face an uphill battle.
For those newcomers, I’ll give a little bit of advice because I’ve been watching these elections for quite a while. If you want to win, go positive. Share your ideas, be reasonable, listen to all sides, and learn. If you don’t do that I can almost guarantee you won’t win. The majority of people who show up to vote in Decatur’s municipal elections don’t like negative messages or negative people. Some voters do but not the majority who show up and vote! There are certainly legitimate issues and concerns to address but do it without attacking individuals in the community. Then, you’ll have a shot.
I’m eager to learn about all the candidates we’ll be introduced to soon. Like I’ve said before, it’s always interesting!