2/20/2013 8:34:00 AM Mayor's Report: Exercise your right to vote- it's your quality of life
By Mayor Chris Marley
In the coming weeks, the citizens of Chino Valley will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the Town's primary election. Three council seats will be available, with four candidates running for office (three new and one incumbent). Since the town council makes decisions regarding quality of life, taxation, and environmental issues, it behooves our residents to make informed decisions regarding which candidates will represent them.
Newspaper articles, candidate forums, and publicity pamphlets all provide insight into the candidates' stance regarding various issues, and often provide indicators of such things as character and integrity.
At the end of the day, though, each voter will decide on which candidates to choose by using their own set of criteria. The list is endless: conservative or liberal, Arizona native or transplant, male or female, tall or short. I even met one voter who selected her candidate based on how "cute" the candidate was. Fortunately, I wasn't involved in that election.
As Mayor of Chino Valley, I would ask our constituents first and foremost to get out and vote. Secondly, I would ask that they use basic criteria (such as character and integrity), in addition to requiring the ability to cooperate with others.
In a recent address to the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, I compared the Town of Chino Valley to a ship heading into a tropical storm. The crew is called upon to perform strenuous tasks in a timely manner under difficult conditions, all the while keeping their eye on the goal: the safety of the ship itself.
Cooperation among the Town's elected leadership over the next few years will be critical to achieving economic stability.
I'm not asking that our elected leaders be stamped out of the same mold. I simply ask that we pursue the same goal.