After 72 months as an elected city councilor, I attended my final meeting on December 14, 2015.
During its concluding minutes, I shared some parting words about gratitude, honor, and humility.
“I made it my mission since day one to be accessible to the people and to the media,” I said. “I used online media and traditional systems to be integrated in my personal marketing. I routinely received amazement from residents when I replied to their emails or called them back within the hour. They didn’t expect that intensity and frequency of public sector communication. I was only being myself.”
You can watch the entire meeting below; or you can fast forward to the end.
The following day, a resident asked me what I’ll miss the most and what I’ll miss the least. I replied that my favorite aspect is simultaneously what I won’t miss: receiving an infinite number of responses to a simple question.
You see, political questions are never two-sided. Answers are always dependent on one’s upbringing, experiences, and interests. People routinely shared their “shades of grey” to what I expected to be a black or white response. I’ll miss those answers for providing me a glimpse into what makes the community tick. But, I also won’t miss those answers because I’ll be able to experience life through my own blinders.
Thank you, Newburyport.