“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
You’ll pardon the use of a political slogan that is a cliche when I say, It’s Time for a Change. As the candidates for City Council and Mayor declare themselves, I already think of them as ‘Change Candidates.’ Campaign Slogans that are successful are the ones we don’t have to think deeply about but intuitively know are right. It IS time for a change of leadership on the City Council, along with a new energetic, experienced, independent, business-oriented Mayor.
The following are ‘Change Candidates’ to believe in. – Sandy Roberson, Kevin Jones, Lige Daughtridge, Richard Joyner, and Tarrick Pittman. It would be a mistake to think of Mr. Pittman as simply the man running against the current city councilmen and ignore his positive agenda for Ward I. The rest of the candidates are not emboldened to run because of the investigations underway, but because they have the will, the experience, and knowledge to govern with Rocky Mount’s best interests in mind. Buckminster Fuller’s quote talks about building a new model and these ‘Change Candidates’ will provide new leadership, focused on the economic growth of Rocky Mount. All these candidates are running for something!
One more free consultant suggestion – that we treat these ‘Change Candidates’ as a slate. I have a friend who had direct experience in Chicago with a group of women who ran for various seats yet coordinated their messages, PR, interns, volunteers, printing, and speaking engagements. The end result – a consolidated message, individual and group print that furthered their collective campaigns. The voter turn-out was one of the highest in the history of the city! There is another plus to the slate approach — if I could give one donation to support this slate, it falls under a tenant of mine….alone I can do so little, but together we can do so much.
Regardless of the political slogan each candidate picks, let’s make it our job to help however we can to get them elected. We all understand why this needs to happen. Let’s stay on the sunny side of the street and as a mentor of mine councils, Stay above the fray! PS: I am waving my usual nickel consultant fee to all Main Street readers.
“Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.”
― Margaret Mead