Many of our citizens feel disconnected from those who make the very decisions that affect their lives every day. I want to change that. I want to engage all Calvert County citizens in finding that voice and being more directly involved in the political process, in influencing those who have a direct impact on the quality of their lives.
I am here to LISTEN!I said in an earlier post that I’ve been spending time talking and listening to several people with much more experience in local government affairs than I possess at this moment. Some of the best advice I have received was this; “Start with what you know.” Certainly, in my case, that would be education and, more specifically, educational leadership. I spent thirty of my forty-five years in the field as an administrator and the last ten teaching educational leadership in the graduate school of education for Towson University. As I mentioned in my bio, good leaders are good learners, and that has been my primary mission early in my campaign for commissioner.
Of the many things I considered before making my decision to run, the opportunity to be of service to this community was at the top of the list. To have the opportunity to engage, learn from, and serve Calvert County citizens became the primary and over-riding factor that led me to file. The word “citizen” has no qualifier attached to it; socio-economic status, ethnicity, OR political party. Given the chance to serve, I will serve every inhabitant of this county passionately and equitably. As I began to consider a variety of planks that might begin to form a platform on which to base my candidacy, I kept coming back to this idea of “community.”
Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” continue to offer us great direction for living full lives. His 5th habit, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”, is a rule I’ve tried to live by in my various leadership roles. These habits, if practiced with fidelity, offer opportunities to live lives of personal power and purpose. However, we also see many people who feel power-less, especially when it comes to our government and those who govern. This brings me to what has become my campaign slogan, Steven Covey’s new 8th habit; “Find Your Voice and Help Someone Else Find Theirs.”
Many of our citizens feel disconnected from those who make the very decisions that affect their lives every day. They feel disconnected from the process and that they have little or no impact or the ability to influence those decisions. This is especially true of our young people, many of whom feel they simply have “no voice” in the process. I want to change that. I want to engage all Calvert County citizens in finding that voice and being more directly involved in the political process, in influencing those who have a direct impact on the quality of their lives.
Finally, I want to say that “Find Your Voice” is an action statement. In its verb form, find means to “unearth, obtain, detect.” As a noun it means “a discovery of something valuable.” In introducing his 8th habit, Steven Covey says; “It is the voice of the human spirit – full of hope and intelligence, resilient by nature, boundless in its potential to serve the common good.” Let us find our voice together; one voice for the common good of Calvert County.
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Covey, Stephen R., The 8th Habit; From Effectiveness to Greatness, Free Press, New York, NY, 2004.
Wester, Merriam., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/find