“The last thing developers want is for the public to have a seat at the table. But working together with the public — communicating — is the best way to build a productive relationship.”
— Mark Urda
Governing is a team sport, working alongside both the community and those in city government to support—or block—the projects, initiatives and ordinances that come up for a vote. A council member with sound judgement can bring change, but without the majority of the council on your side, you may often find yourself with merely an opinion.
Opinions alone don't win the day. Consensus does.
As your councilman, I will build bridges with my fellow council members. I will continue leveraging my relationships with city staff to mine their years of knowledge and skills. I will listen, understand, and courteously work to find common ground. It’s the only way to effect the kind of change that the community expects.