Since I (somehow) got quoted in this article about Julie Farrar, it's getting reposted:
Couple of points here in no particular order:
A campaign slogan of "I do want my city back," implies that a person would have a reason to believe that you don't want your city back. Bad slogan.
Oh, by the way: Nothing against Julie Farrar personally. We're debating issues here, so don't get your panties in a bunch okay "MINE?"
She's not being "attacked" - she's being "discussed." I would think some thicker skin would be in order for people who choose to run for public office. Mrs. Farrar doesn't need "luck." She needs to be proactive - which she was when she decided to do the power point presentation.
Random points from the article posted above:
1. Farrar says that nobody has a magic wand to change the city overnight. True. What everyone has is control over their own attitudes.
If that's true, let's ban the use of the following sentence: "Sandusky is dying..."
Also let's ban all variations on any sentence that implies such: "We have a dying city, people!" "We have a dying city folks!" Every single person in Sandusky is a team member in a city wide marketing campaign. If they believe the city is dying, it's already dead.
How do residents know that? They now know what the city is doing on the housing scandal, but they wouldn't know had Farrar not done the powerpoint. Open communication is necessary for a healthy democratic process.
Here's a suggestion that I've already discussed with Craig Stahl:
Start a personal blog.
If Julie is having problems with people understanding all she does for the city, start a blog and document it. Post a calendar of the meetings and functions you attend. The blog will sit on the internet to act as a personal message board to pass information to city residents. Anyone who wants to know what you're up to will visit the site. The blog can be linked on the city's homepage under your picture and email address. The newspaper can regularly visit and if you release position statements on issues of public interest - you'll never be misquoted because the Register can simply cut and paste your statements word for word. Be proactive. The only person responsible for your image is you. You are not "flaunting" your efforts. You are keeping people informed of your activities as a Sandusky city commissioner.
And one more thing: Stop rolling your eyes at residents during meetings. I hope and pray nobody has to explain to you why rolling your eyes at constituents is a bad thing...
That'll be $90,000, please.