Letters to the Editor

Support Backus for mayor

It is sometimes difficult to decide who to vote for if you don't know the person so get involved in Auburn, find places where you can volunteer and participate in programs offered ... it's helped me meet Nancy.

I watched how she presented herself, how she worked and interacted with people. I learned that Nancy Backus was a gracious, giving person with a soft approach, kind words and a strong belief in what should and could work. Her manner in dealing with people drew them in to the issues, and with a team approach, worked on moving forward.

Nancy listens - not to herself first - but to those around her. She believes that "we are all smarter together." She believes change comes with consensus. She believes that the work begins and ends with her taking the first step.

I have never seen Nancy frazzled. I've seen moments of frustration, then a deep breath, questions start, conversation ensues, a decision forms, tasks are chosen, a solution is found and accomplished.

Nancy's financial background brings strength to watch the "bottom line" and experience on balancing large numbers for large projects. Nancy is a negotiator. This is critically important for a city that has a second nation, a railroad contingent and a state entity that manages the highway running through town. Working with, and not against, these factors are key to Auburn's success.

Auburn can't move if there is contention in the ranks of council, city staff, or even with the mayor. This doesn't mean there aren't "discussions," but those discussions happen in committee meetings where the ideas get challenged and aired out. On council floor, respect for the person, the people and the plan is displayed.

Choose the independence of a servant leader who listens and brings together multi-faceted people and groups to accomplish a common goal.

Choose Nancy Backus for Auburn mayor.

– Debbie Christian

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