We are being presented with two very different candidates for mayor. Which one we elect will make a difference.
Both candidates canvassed in my neighborhood, and I spoke with each one.
One told me what was wrong and placed blame. The Other asked me about my interests, shared ideas, spoke of accomplishments of the team and acknowledged areas where we need to do better, wanted my input and took notes.
One let me know that she is a Ruler. She knows. She tells. You obey or will be demeaned.
The Other’s actions and attitude told me she is a Leader. She listens, seeks input, builds alliances and seeks compromise so we can take action on the tough issues. She is not threatened by an idea different from her own. She embraces all of us.
The Ruler puzzles me. She knows that one of the primary duties of the City Council is the enactment of the City’s annual budget. Council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending be it for streets or travel or whatever. During her almost six years on City Council, she has voted to approve every budget, every expenditure, every fee, every tax increase. And now she is complaining about the very things she has repeatedly approved. What does she really stand for?
The Leader has the support of important groups, like the police and fire departments, community leaders, local businesses, realtors, unions and so many diverse residents in our community. People want to work with and for her. She is the one who will advance Auburn in a positive way.
Please join me in voting for the Leader – vote for Nancy Backus.
– Marie Lyndemere