Congratulations, you vote!
And if you’re reading this you’re probably a voter in the West Hollywood city council race.
This election there are many terrific candidates to choose from to help build the next several years of our little city. Voting is an important and vital right, a personal action that renders our collective democracy visible and helps keep our city a progressive beacon for the newly-settled and the long-term residents, alike.
If you’re like me, when it’s time to vote you will consider carefully all of the candidates, think about the features, and promises, and concerns that make our city special and make choices that will help bring those ideas into reality. Voting is never about honoring the past, voting is always about inventing the future.
There’s another way I look at candidates, too; is the candidate interested in being useful, or just wants to be needed?
Too many people running for office are only interested in feeling needed, having a title, believing they’re important, and they’re not interested in being useful to their constituents, in working every day on addressing and solving the everyday problems of residents and businesses who often have no where else to turn.
Make sure your chosen candidates want to be useful to you and your neighbors. As for me, since 2011, I have had the honor of being elected three times because of you, and serving three terms, with two stints as Mayor. The pleasure has always been in putting the residents first, keeping our city the place our residents can count on, protecting the resident’s interests, while continually working to keep the city exciting and fresh.
Cities are never finished. So many important things have happened in West Hollywood, but we can never become a city that is more interested in ‘what we’ve done’ than what ‘what we have to do.’ I’ve accomplished a lot on my own, and even more with the collaboration of my colleagues, and the amazing city staff, and the support of the residents, and businesses; together we have changed our city and the world around us – for the better.
Something West Hollywood does very well; experiments, grows, and invents the culture that other cities consume. It is a better city now than it was in 2011, and, if we all do our part, it will be an even better city going forward.
On Tuesday Nov. 8, I’m voting to make sure that happens.
Councilmember John D’Amico