I want the people of Kenai to continue to participate in the future of the city. Over the past year I have seen more involvement from our citizens at council meetings than ever before. They are not just coming to one or two meetings, they are coming every time we have a council meeting or work session. They are voicing their opinions.
I know that people sometimes feel like they are not being heard. They think it is a waste of their time to show up and give testimony to the Kenai City Council. I want everyone to know that you are being heard, that your comments, questions, ideas and feelings are being considered.
This is your time to decide what kind of leadership you want from a council. If you are unhappy with the way things are being handled, frustrated with the way you are treated, sick of not being taken seriously, then you and only you can make the change.
We have a fine city, and good people who are genuinely interested in the city's future. I think that time makes us complacent and arrogant. Egos get in the way of common sense and understanding.
This year, as well as many to come, we have all got to make good decisions when it comes to putting people into an elected position. Not only at the city level but at every level of government we have. Please, take the time to know your candidate, know where they stand on issues, and remember their voting record, not only for the past few months but over the history of their seat.
I will continue to listen to you, to consider all the facts and possibilities that may arise. I will stand up for business owners and fight to protect their rights. I will listen to every individual who wants to talk, and I won't close my mind to new and creative ways of thinking. As a council member I will be here to serve you, not myself.
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