I’m honored to be on a media panel of questioners for a Lima Chamber League Of Women Voters Lima Mayoral candidates forum this evening.
Whether you have a favorite candidate in that race, or even if you can’t cast a vote for either candidate, you have to appreciate and respect the effort they’re making to serve as Mayor of a major Ohio city at this time.
My 10 years serving in a part-time capacity as President of Delphos City council taught me that to be a politician trying to serve your community requires, at times, a very strong stomach…and a very thick skin.
No matter what decision you make, or help to make, you are going to upset a percentage of the population you represent.
And often times, they’re more than willing to be very vocal about their unhappiness.
My days of city service occurred prior to the proliferation of social media, so constituents had to call on the phone, or confront you on the street, and some did just that.
In the end I’d have to say my experience was a very positive one, and that everyone should serve at least 1 term in an elective office to learn first hand about the challenges of doing so.
That’s the way I see it.