Those serving in government are required to make difficult choices. Over the next few years, the Mayor of Saline and members of Saline City Council will have to make decisions on important issues that we've not yet even thought about. Today's Saline Post question seeks to provide voters with an idea of the candiates' approaches to government.
Former City Council member Glenn Law and current City Council member Brian Marl are running for Mayor in the Nov. 6 election.
Readers can see the candidates side-to-side at 7 p.m., Oct. 22 at Liberty School, where the Saline Coalition for a Quality Community will host an election forum.
What principles and beliefs guide you in public service?
Respect, be true to yourself and service to all. You should be free to disagree without being disagreeable. It's O-K to not agree with a certain opinion as long as you are respectful of others. I believe it's important to be fair and that others are heard equally. Be flexible, but I also believe in not forfeiting your core convictions in favor of popularity or which way the political winds are blowing. Be true to yourself and respect others and they will respect you. Most of all understand that we serve all citizens all the time.
No single complaint or suggestion is beneath someone who is a true leader. Throughout my time on City Council, I have made every effort to be responsive and accessible more than just during a campaign. When voters entrust a person to represent their needs, that comes with a hefty responsibility, and I try every single day to live up to that. In thick or thin, people know that I am committed to our community and will not compromise that for any reason. I believe that those in government should strive to be responsible and cautious with public dollars, never taking more of people’s hard-earned money than is absolutely necessary, while still providing quality services that people cannot provide for themselves.