Sunday, April 19, 2009

reflections of an election gone by

For those of you that felt it important that I write this, here you go. Recently the Springfield voters cast there ballots(all <9% of them)for the individuals they would like to direct the direction of the city.
It appears for all intended purposes that money and name recognition has much to do with who wins these political races. I've only been a resident of this city for 5 years but in those five years I have done more to stem the tide of big government then my opponent has as a lifelong resident. It is a shame that with all the candidate forums held less then 100 people came out to any of them and the 100 is a combined total. My campaign did not do much in the form of fund raising as I have limited amount of people I know here and those that I do know did donate what they could afford.
It has been said that had Fred Ellison and myself knocked on a few more doors that we could have changed the direction of this very liberal minded city. Perhaps this is true however had we done that we would have neglected watching what was on city council agendas, an not been able to formulate solutions to some of the pressing problems of the city.
Our pension fund is 190 MILLION in the red and neither my opponent or Fred's offered any solutions except to allow the soon to be created pension task force to come up with a solution. The mindset of current council was to pass a 38% tax increase onto the people, this was also the solution endorsed by Stephens, O'Neal, Whayne, & Rush, along with all the power players behind the scenes pulling some of the strings. Luckily OUR side won this debate and left the big government types scrabbling for a solution, even though a solution to this problem had been presented to them month earlier at numerous council meetings. It is unlikely that any government employee, political appointee, or novice politician is going to endorse an effort of reallocating existing taxes. The mindset of those people just don't function in that manner.

I did receive the endorsement of the Springfield News Leader, and probably would have recieved the endorsement of the fire fighters and police officers union as well had it not been for an e-mail which was forwarded by our city manager, which had been bcc'd to him regarding a brain storming session on how to solve this issue. The brain storming that took place in e-mail form was only part of numerous conversations and meetings that had taken place before during and after the e-mail account. The local paper endorsement did help me out quite a bit as people were able to see my opponent for what he really is a follower of the poplar voice.

My opponent to his benefit tried to paint me into a CA politics corner even though most of my life had been spent in rural PA. He tried to paint me into an unknowledgable corner on the issues even though I was the one with the answers and his positions were like trying to nail Jell-o to a wall. I have managed multi million dollar construction sites with various jobs being done on different projects concurrently, and I was on a daily basis able to job cost every project in terms of manpower, hours, material, completion schedule. This is something that even out Public Works Department cannot do as trying to figure out what has been spent on completed projects takes weeks of research.
I also had a mailer sent out about me the Friday before the election on how I have been a do-nothing johnny come lately to the scene which was paid for by all the big time money players behind the scenes of this city. people such as the O'Reilly's, Mark Gardner(partner of EX Mayor Tom Carlson) current Mayor Jim O'Neal, various members of the Home Builder's Assoc, and others to numerous to mention. In political terms I was the DAVID going up against the goliath, which had goliath just told the truth instead of playing politics as usual he would have been slain.

I'm a moral person with principles and if it requires me to sacrifise my principles in order to win something, then I'll come out on the losing end everytime. I'm a firm believer in self responsibility and as such the only person who lost the election of me was ME.

To those that donated hard earned money I appreciate you with every fibre of my body, I apologise I did not win.
For those that gave up endless hours of personal time to hang literature and knock on doors I can only repay you with my gratitude and hopefully someday I can return the time you have lost in some way.
To my family that watched as I eroded over a period of 3 months from lack of sleep, energy, and watched our business start to crumble to almost nothing I owe you the most. It will take some time to replace what has been taken from you both mentally and spiritually. Although you were not mention by name in any campaign literature I know you took the insults personal as you have seen firsthand how much time I give to my neighbors and community, this deed of misrepresentation of others does not only affect the candidate it affects the family as well.

In closing Mr. Stephens it is a shame that you could not run a campaign that was based on any factual claim you may have to doing something in the community, instead your path was trying to make others out to be the villian because they dare point out the problems we have in this city. Problems I might add that occured while you were living, working, playing, and sleeping in this very city. You haven't done anything constructive in terms of government here for the 55 years you have been around, I certainly hope for the peoples sake you take the next four years to educate yourself on the issues and represent not only the 52% that voted for you, but also the 48% that did not.

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