STRATFORD DESERVES BETTER THAN POLITICS AS USUAL
In times of crisis, adversity and temptation the leader's integrity must be evident. The Town of Stratford is facing all these things. The crisis is in the financial status of the town and the people's loss of faith in local government officials. The adversity is that many of the challenges we face do not have easy fixes. While managing our Mayoral form of government, some may be tempted to take the easy way out of problems, a way which will provide no long-term benefits for Stratford.
This 2009 Mayoral election is critically important to the Town and its future. We must elect a Mayor who will end the politics of the past, who will work for the policies of the future and will ensure that all points of view are heard and considered. If we fail in this task, we will be forced to live with the consequences for years to come.
The Mayor must be free from the restraints of business as usual. The Mayor must have Leadership, Integrity, Vision and Experience. The Mayor must stand up and tell us how they will solve the problems facing us. This must be an election of confidence and ideas, not of political backroom deals. The elected Mayor must be able to lead Stratford through both the good times and the bad. They must consistently act for the public good and not for personal gain. The Mayor must be prepared to standup and tell the people the problems we face and offer solutions. The Mayor must open our government for all to see. If the people can't see what government and our elected officials are doing, than our government and elected officials shouldn't be doing it.
Integrity is exhibited in actions. We deserve better than what we have had these past years. We need a Mayor who is prepared to competently address the complex issues we face, not play political games.
I believe Stratford is at a crossroads that will determine the future of the town I love. There is no second chance; there is no do over. This is our moment Stratford,- our moment to show how good government can really be, how well it can work for its citizens, to make our town a shining star among the communities in Connecticut. We can set an example for our children about what good government is and how getting involved is important.
The Hall of Fame football coach, Bill Walsh once said, “Leadership comes from competence; Leadership is from example, not by talk.”