Of course, as a journalist and writer, politics is just part of the landscape.
But also, as a journalist and writer, I know how cynical people are of the process, and sometimes, the people who are involved. Perhaps that was part of my trepidation.
I have been critical of both those things as well. I hope to be different.
Over the next six weeks, I will be sharing my thoughts on the issues and sometimes on the campaign in this spot.
To begin with I am a big believer in openness, and full disclosure. While I recognize some issues must be dealt with behind closed doors for legal reasons, once those decisions are made must be a full release of the information.
I also believe in asking questions. Even if, sometimes, the people you are asking don't like them.
As a taxpayer, I think you deserve a representative who will represent you with integrity, and support your concerns with a strong voice. In many ways, it is not about what I want for the city, but what WE want. Stay with me, I hope this will be engaging, and informative for all of us.