We need to make Columbia meaningful to all residents. We need to make Village life, along with the mission of Columbia, relevant to newer residents, younger residents, and residents whose economic or ethnic backgrounds make them feel disenfranchised.
In Oakland Mills, the revitalization process helped us focus on our
strengths and establish priorities through a Village Master Plan. The
Street Captain Program, the weekly e-newsletter and the Village website
have built on that process. We still need to do more, because within
every resident we reach lies the future of our village.
The Columbia Association has also done an excellent job in recent years
of reaching out through email, newsletters, blogs, social media and
informative community events. My own understanding of and appreciation
for CA has been positively influenced by their efforts. And yet, we
still need to do more.
I am running for Columbia Council Representative in Oakland Mills
because I believe it is an ideal position to seek out, nurture and
extend opportunities for outreach in the Oakland Mills Community. The
more we can share knowledge and foster a sense of ownership, the more we
can assure a healthy, vibrant community for the future. The same goes
for making a positive contribution to Columbia as a whole--communicating
what is working well for us and listening to Representatives from other
Villages for what is working there: a sharing of best practices for the
benefit of all, and working together to benefit Columbia as a whole.
But our biggest challenge today is educating residents about what CA is
and what it is doing. Looking at the low percentage of Columbians who
vote in Village elections is a good indicator of the challenge we face.
It is our responsibility to connect, educate, and empower. We are rooted
in the history of Columbia's beginnings; we will include present day
residents; we must build for future generations.
I need your support. If you believe this message, share it. If you have
questions, ask them. If you want to follow my campaign, click here.
Columbia belongs to you: vote.