It’s been said that if you aren’t making someone upset, then you aren’t making someone else happy. While yesterday’s announcement was met with quite a bit of enthusiasm, there were some people who seemed to have a real problem with something I have absolutely no control over, my age. Yes, I’m 32 years old. Current Mayor Callahan and past Mayor Cunningham were both within two years of my age when they won their respective races for mayor. The median age of the city is 35.7 years old. Let’s stop with the ageism.
Another question that has been asked, and rightfully so, is what qualifies me to be mayor? Quite a lively discussion ensued on a friend’s Facebook wall last night asking about my executive experience, especially in running a city. Since no current candidate in this mayoral race has executive experience in city government, what should those qualifications be? Unfortunately, the person who asked some very pointed questions last night has deleted them so I can’t address them individually, so I’ll ask you: What is enough for someone to be a legitimate candidate for mayor? Let’s discuss it.
While we’re on the topic of discussions, what are things that you want to talk about? Do you have concerns about the city, or me, that you want to bring to the forefront? I won’t be responding to ad homenim attacks, because those don’t advance the conversation, but I’m not above discussing any serious issues. Leave a note in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter, and be sure to say hi at Tapas on Thursday from 5 – 8.