"Years ago, fairy tales all began with 'Once upon a time...' Now we know they all begin with 'If I am elected.'" -- Carolyn Warner
"Promises are like babies: Easy to make, hard to deliver." -- Unknown
"Promises and piecrusts are made to be broken." -- Jonathan Swift
But to Sandusky City Commissioner Dave Waddington, there is only this truth -- "A promise is a promise."
When he was seeking a seat on the commission, Waddington promised he would give back half of his annual commission paycheck to the city. Four years later he continued to make good on his promise with a $2,500 donation to the city recreation program.
Waddington has served as a shining example to residents of the city of the difference one person can make. As a working man, the money he earns as a commissioner could easily be spent on his family. Though not a fortune, his contribution will help the city make living here fun. As a boy, Waddington enjoyed the recreation programs Sandusky had to offer. Maybe some other child will grow up with fond memories and close ties to the city fostered by strong recreation programs and Waddington's strong sense of commitment.
He has taken seriously his promises to all the members of the community with his door-to-door chats with residents, public forums and appearances at nearly every community event. With his fellow commissioners, he promoted the goals of Care and Share through open houses and donations. His concern and commitment is not only to the voters -- rich or poor, black or white -- who believed in him but also to future voters for whom he has done his part to make Sandusky better.