The summer before an election year is right about the time candidates considering a run for City Council begin to make their interests known, campaign and raise funds. It is also a good time for those not interested in seeking another term to let that be known and get out of the way. Serving the city as a councilman for the past four years has been a wonderful experience for me, and I hope, for the people that I represent. So why would I not want another four years in 2014?
As a councilman and as a parent, I receive a ton of unsolicited advice. But there is one bit of advice that resonates with me. “Children grow up fast, don’t miss it.” It is pretty simple, really. There will be plenty of opportunities for me to help my community in the future, but only one opportunity for me to be a dad to my 2-year-old son. Sure, there are many examples of folks who do both well and my hat is off to them. But I do not have the energy to do both to the degree that I believe they both deserve.
I believe that the mayor, City Council, city staff, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Economic Development Council, non-profits, business community, schools and volunteers all work very well together for the betterment of the community. I am glad to have been a part of that. I am also glad to have helped champion transparency in representative government, communication with residents, asking the right questions and humor during my tenure as a councilman.
Lee’s Summit has an excellent pipeline of talent that will bode well for its success well into the future. I look forward to seeing just how great Lee’s Summit can become.
Lee's Summit City Councilman