A candidate’s perspective
Benicia: What a great place to live. What great opportunities await us.
Change is coming to Benicia as we prepare for a new council and a new Mayor. The process of running for office will be instantly changed to the business of running a city.
The challenges of talking about policy and acting on policy move from the philosophical and theoretical to the practical and implementable.
COVID-19 changed all the traditional ways of campaigning. Face to face became Zoom to Zoom. Social Media became extremely fractured and reflected narrower and narrower bases and voices.
Through this unique, and mostly virtual campaign, I have been so encouraged by the engagement, spirit, and commitment of our community in the political process—for the most part.
I’m sure my fellow candidates would agree, we heard what our citizens want; we all believe in a brighter future; and, we all share a commitment of making Benicia a better, safer, welcoming place for all.
Obviously, the paths to getting there may be different. But in reality, when you look at the big picture, the small town, core values of this community are our greatest strength as a City.
While we have very difficult and demanding challenges ahead of us, I believe our community will prosper and sustain itself during and after the pandemic because we are a community that shares the desire to be better.
Perhaps that’s naïve. But for me, the campaign reaffirmed my belief that our community is solid, strong and willing to meet the challenges ahead.
I’m proud to call Benicia my home. I’m honored and humbled by those who support me. I respect those that don’t.
Thanks, Benicia, for your engagement in the political process.
Perhaps the legendary author of many books on urban development and change, Jane Jacobs, said it best:
“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
Meeting the Challenge of Change
Our unique small-town heritage and values are what binds Benicia together. In order to keep our values and what we love about our community, we need new, bold thinking that addresses today’s needs, tomorrow’s opportunities and establishes a path that prepares us for the future.
The next City Council will be faced with significant challenges and opportunities. The Challenge of Change will be difficult to embrace . But we must face it head on with collective cause and common sense. I believe we need to focus on what we can and should be based on community input and support. This will take hard work and compromise on the part of the council and the community by coming together. This will take a collaborative spirit.
I will bring to Benicia City Council a bold, proven record of innovation and visionary thinking, a strong understanding of financial responsibility and the ability to get things done by looking at problems and opportunities through a different lens. I will bring to City Council empathy and the understanding that social justice means equality and equity for all in our government and in our community.
We are in a period of turbulent change. Covid-19 has unfortunately changed everything. Turbulent change demands we face the Challenges of Change with courageous, innovative thinking.
I have faith in Benicia. I have faith that we recover and be a better, stronger Benicia .
I ask for your vote.