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Stewardship, not Politics

by on 08/10/2011

Promoting myself to win political office is outside my experience. Asking for contributions. Asking for help with my campaign. Getting help with my campaign and integrating others’ ideas into how best to approach the voters. I find myself focusing on campaign strategy, when I’d rather focus on why I’m running for office.

I’m running for office because I have observed poor stewardship of our tax-payer dollars. I’m running for office because I have observed an adversarial relationship between Council Members, between the Mayor’s Office and Council Members, between citizens and elected officials, between staff and citizens, between staff and Council Members, and (most unfortunately) between citizen and citizen. I am running for office because I have observed that some elected officials think in terms of their own short-term political gain, rather than the long-term stewardship of Edmonds resources and its future economic health.

I am running for office because the finger-pointing and blame game is getting us nowhere. We have well-informed citizens in Edmonds. We have numerous citizens who volunteer their time on the many citizen committees and organizations for the benefit of Edmonds. We have many citizens who dedicate precious time researching issues of importance for our city. All of these voices should be considered when decisions are made about Edmonds. All input must be encouraged, respected, and valued.

I am running for office because I believe that Council Members should be politicians second, and stewards, first. By politicians, I mean, those who, rather than governing, always seem to be campaigning for the next election. By stewards, I mean those who work for the betterment of our city, not just for today, but for future generations.

Stewardship starts with striping concealment from all government activities. If everything is done in the best interests of tax-paying citizens, then there is no reason that we can’t monitor governance as if there were a ticker tape. We have everything to gain, and nothing to lose, from an open government process.

Stewardship continues with efficiency in the use of tax-payers’ money. Yes, if you want a service it must be paid for, but let’s make sure we’re getting our money’s worth. There should be clear, accessible budget reports that can be easily understood by anyone who has interest in reviewing them. Citizens will be better equipped to make decisions about taxing themselves, and about how those tax dollars are spent.

Stewardship includes transparency in all operations of the city. We should be able to access the record of all actions taken on behalf of the citizens of Edmonds, by all of the departments of the city. While the mayor is responsible for oversight of staff, every citizen should have easy access to city operations. Cooperation and collaboration will be fostered when we can all see the inner workings of our government.

Stewardship recognizes that the quality of life in Edmonds is best when all generations can afford to live here — when young families, young adults, and older adults all have available housing appropriate to their current situation. We have many neighborhoods, and they don’t have to look exactly the same.

Stewardship means that Edmonds needs a balance of housing, parks, businesses, and entertainment. To accomplish that we need to guide our City departments to suppress poor development and foster superior development.

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