A Voice from the Gallery
Looking back I can honestly say running for office and campaigning was interesting, educational and at times entertaining. I visited with neighbors I knew, met other neighbors for the first time and listened to their stories and concerns.
The election is over, I did not win. The issues are still there, sadly I do not see any foreseeable change in attitudes and practices of the mayor and certain members of the council. I take comfort in the words:
“There are worse things than losing an election; the worst thing is to lose one’s convictions and not tell the people the truth.”
As a council member I would have had all the power of a single vote of six, but now I will continue to be content to use the power of the pen, truth, my gallery voice and now few tricks I have learned along the way. So I will continue to attend meetings, I will continue working for city website, open Alcester City government, I will work to curtail their penchant for inappropriate executive sessions in which no business ever comes of them. I will listen to the words of:
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
“You may have to fight a battle more than once two win it.”
Giving up makes a temporary defeat permanent. So if I have to fight a battle twice, then so be it. What is not acceptable to me is quitting, so I shall not quit!