One election over, another ahead
Sunday, November 11, 2018
With mid-terms behind us, the next Greenville election is for 2019 mayor and City Council. For six months following the 2017 election, I made no public statements and granted no interviews, preferring instead to observe actions of the new mayor and council.
Folk ask if I’ll run and perhaps expecting I will, given my recent push for strong measures to address flooding/stormwater. Nothing has changed — it’s highly unlikely I’ll run. I’m deeply engaged at national and international levels working to address a huge challenge soon confronting humanity — the use of robotics, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, e.g., to radically impact our longevity, cognition and mood. I will take the necessary actions to run but prefer clearing the way for other candidates to file.
I repeat the May 13 statement I made in this paper: “I’ve made no public statements about policy or the new City Council since November. Looking ahead, it's highly unlikely I’ll run again — I’m finding new avenues for community service. If I speak out, it’ll be as private citizen, informed by a decade of council service that gave inside looks at how political and legislative processes work in our city. Here’s hoping future candidates win or lose on voting record, vision, and integrity, fairly communicated to discerning voters in open, healthy, honest debate.”
I’ve lived or worked here for three decades; I plan to retire here. I want a vibrant community and one addressing flooding. I want city leaders acting independently and for the common good, not out of narrow vested interests. I’m prepared to support such candidates and continue pushing for transparency and sound policy. I’ll continue providing occasional reflections on local issues, such as flooding — let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to join the other six thousand plus citizens who get the newsletter.
The writer is the former at-large representative on the Greenville City Council.