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In civic gatherings, where are our city commissioners?

Commissioner Sharlan Douglas waves at the Holiday Magic Parade.
Commissioner Sharlan Douglas waves at the Holiday Magic Parade.

Mayor Jim Ellison shows up almost at every one, God bless him, but except for David Poulton our city commissioners rarely show up at civic gatherings. Capello did, too, when she was active. Goodwin almost never. Rasor did in the beginning but dropped off the last couple of years. DuBuc and Fournier have young kids and they show up now and then.

Perhaps the two young fathers can arrange to take turns attending public gatherings and pressing the flesh. One gathering a month each should be sustainable.

Let's hope that newly elected Sharlan Douglas and Jeremy Mahrle show up when scores or hundreds of people gather at such places as the Farmers Market, Elks Hall, Emagine, Historical Society Museum, Red Run, Music Theatre, and Stagecrafters.

It is in the individual and cluster conversations at such gatherings that one quickly picks up what residents are thinking about, what matters to them personally and politically. Such live input from a handful of gatherings tells city leaders much more than they will ever learn from surveys, mailed or online.

Attend such gatherings several times a year and one gets early alerts re what will be "trending" or "going viral" in real, rather than in virtual life.


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Patience December 08, 2013 at 01:43 PM
You mean you actually want the commission to be involved in what actually goes on in the city and participate? That would be too much like *gasp* real work. How dare you suggest such a thing. (I am being sarcastic here of course since tone doesn't convey through text) I am sure part of the reason the commission avoids public appearances at these functions is because they are afraid of people talking politics with them all the time. They don't want to have to do more than the bare minimum that they already do or have people make suggestions to them of how the city could actually be improved upon. They are much too happy sitting at home during events and planning their own agenda to care what the people of the city truly want. Maybe they can send out another survey to people for this kind of thing though.
Todd December 09, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Commissioners, you showing up at any city event speaks louder then words can ever do. Much like school superintendents, principals or teachers attending school functions, it shows you have a vested interest.
Bill Shaw December 09, 2013 at 04:28 PM
As I responded to Frank, my concern is not so much with public appearances, some commissioners will show up for a free meal. My biggest concern was the attendance of elected officials at their appointed committees, especially the "highly visiable " exposure televised committees versus the less visual ones.

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