Respect & Represent the Residents
Respect is something that should be a given. It's not something that's earned, it's automatic. That's my mindset at least. Respect is something I don't feel is entirely missing but I know there are a number of people who feel disrespected by the Commission and the City. With the feeling of disrespect comes the feeling that they are not being represented. We elect Commissioners, and we want to have our voices heard.
I've never had a problem raising concerns with things I see in the City. I've always felt comfortable reaching out, even when it felt like I wasn't being listened to. One time when I raised a concern, I was asked "what would you do?" That got me thinking and it's something that's stuck with me. When I'm looking at a problem, or something I see in the City that I feel should be changed, I try and come up with ideas to change it for the better. This is something I would love to see brought forward by Residents. However, a concern is not always something that has an easy fix. I would love to work with Residents to understand their concerns and look at possible changes that could be made, while understanding the impacts.
When it comes to decisions that are made, I will always ask myself, how would I feel with the decision being made by someone else. Looking at the Golden Rule, "do to others whatever you would like them to do to you," I will focus on the Residents. Whatever is on the agenda, or whatever decisions are being made, I will always ask myself if it is something I would want done if I were in the shoes of Residents that are affected by the decision.
It is my goal, to ensure that each Resident feels that they are being listened to, that they are respected and that I am representing them to the best of my ability. I am available for any questions or comments. While I won't always be able to respond right away, I will respond, at the very least to acknowledge that you took the time to contact me. This is the commitment I will make if I am elected to the West Fargo City Commission.