This past weekend, while mowing my lawn, two of the candidates for Westfield City Council were campaigning through my neighborhood. They could see I was busy, and also that I had their opponent’s sign in my yard, but they were determined to stand in my driveway until I stopped what I was doing to hear what they had to say. The one fellow said he did not mean to interrupt what I was doing (then why did he persist in doing so?), and was accompanied by his bodyguard, who likes to brag about being former FBI (he never claims to have been an agent, maybe he was an assistant or a receptionist. He seems more fit to have been a janitor or something).
The bodyguard likes to look down on other people, brag about how wonderful he is, and came across to me (this is not the first time I’ve met him) as being rather pompous and self-serving.
I was only thinking about getting back to cutting my grass and completely missed out a great opportunity when the first fellow, who’s persistence caused me to “ache”, asked if I had any questions for him. I replied “no”, since I was busy and did not appreciate the interruption. It wasn’t until after they left, that I thought of the perfect question to ask any political candidate.
“Where do you go to church?”
I would ask that to see how they would respond. I will not go into the whole “separation between church and state” debate, since most folks don’t understand it anyway. I would merely ask to see what their thoughts are about that. You see, if someone wants to be a leader of others (me being one of them), I would want to know “who leads them?”. “What, or Who, motivates you?”
Mr. FBI used to be on the Westfield city council previously, and was voted out for a reason. I believe that he should not be allowed back in. I also believe that the “ache” man, who is a current council member, be voted out also. Mostly because of a track record of serving interests other than the actual citizens and taxpayers of the city of Westfield.
From what I have heard from many, many other residents of our fine city, is that the current members of the city council are somewhat disconnected and nontransparent in their recent dealings. I will save the debate on Grand Park for another time. (I agree it is a good thing for our community, but why place the financial burden on the citizens, taxpayers? Why are our property taxes still among the highest in Hamilton County?) Oops, sorry, I said I wouldn’t go there.
This is only my opinion, but I firmly believe that those who have been entrusted with leadership roles for our community should be people of integrity, who base their decisions and actions on what is best for everyone, whether they personally agree with it or not. Those folks should be transparent in their dealings and subject themselves to being held accountable to the citizens they represent. This is true for some, but certainly not all of the current city council members.
It is for this reason, I will not be voting for the “ache” man or his pompous bodyguard.
I will, however, vote for Barry Jones, a man of integrity, accountability, honesty and complete transparency. He is a good man who will represent the community, not himself. I also encourage everyone to vote for the rest of the candidates on the GetFITWestfield website.