I was fortunate enough to speak to the Reagan Republicans yesterday, at JB’s Restaurant here in Coeur d’Alene, on a variety of topics related to my campaign for city council seat number 4. We covered what I think are the major issues, growth (and how to manage it) Urban Renewal Districts, parking fees— which I believe CDA residents should not have to pay, crime, “affordable housing,” and term limits. There were probably one or two others, as well, that i haven’t mentioned. One of the issues— a question from a friend— was about how I intended to stay in touch with the public— or “pulse the people.”
I said “that’s a very difficult issue. One of the problems that politicians face, is that they lose touch with the community. Part of that I think is the work load, some have a fairly good workload. I think the way you stay in touch, is, we have social media, Facebook, does provide a forum for us. Email, making your phone number available, and being in front of community groups like this. Listen to what people are saying. Ask questions, don’t assume you know the answer. That’s why I wanted to start [today] with “what do you mean by affordable housing.” It’s a very difficult question, and part of it is term limits.There is no reason anyone should be in office for twenty or thirty years.” I believe elected officials lose touch with their constituency when they become career politicians.
This question, on staying in touch with the public prompted further discussion, and a great idea— not mine— from a friend. I will commit to an open office and meeting with the public at least once a month. If the city provides an office for council members (I don;t know if they do) that office will be open one day a month for anyone to drop in and talk to me. If there’s no office we’ll find somewhere else to meet.
Openness and transparency are keys to democracy, so I am committed to both.
Posted on 18 Jun 2021, 16:39 - Category: Podcasts