“So let us begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.” – President John F. Kennedy.
Politics here in our city have a tendency to become personal. This election will likely prove no different. This is not what most residents want to see. On my precinct walks in Costa Mesa, the message from our neighbors is loud and clear: Our community is looking for fresh perspectives, and someone who listens before speaking and acting. Residents of all ideologies are turned off by bitter political sparring, and would rather see their local leaders working together to solve problems.
Local government is not about political parties and partisan divides. Many issues at the local level create unique coalitions made up of people across ideological spectrum’s. Permanent supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness is the perfect example of this fact. This practice is a solution that gets people off of the streets while saving the taxpayers money. Civility is most important between those with dissenting opinions. Without civility we will fail to form the kind of broad based coalitions necessary to create real progress. Cordial debate is not a sign of weakness but of strength.
The effects of rancorous attacks on community efforts cannot be underestimated. It drives good people away from politics and electoral participation. How can we encourage more people to involve themselves in a political culture that is imbued with hostility?
My campaign, above all other things, is about the long term quality of life and success of Costa Mesa. Civil participation is an immensely important part of achieving success in the future. An engaged and informed electorate keeps our government honest and accountable, limits corruption, and promotes community. The new Generation of millennials, my generation, is often called the Civic Generation due to its willingness to volunteer time and money toward causes it deems important. Shouldn’t the improvement of our city and our government be a place where this new generation of leaders will devote their resources and time? My fear is that this potential will not be realized here in Costa Mesa if civility does not return to our political discourse.
The goal of my campaign is to offer a positive vision and focus on solutions that bring us together! Let’s define the character of this city by collaboration without personal political conflict. I believe we can do this together, and that is why I am running for City Council.