The rules and regulations for voters' pamphlets limit you to a very small submission to be included in what voter's see as your "mission statement". Below is the full version of what I would have liked to be printed in the upcoming voters' pamphlet:
My fellow citizens, I, Brian Hodson, would be honored to be your next Mayor of Canby. As Mayor, I will be your voice. I will set and provide direction after listening to all the voices of the city – citizens, businesses, city staff and the Council. Our city deserves strong leadership and I am dedicated to that cause. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams.
· Clear Direction:
o Our direction and goals needs to be re-established. What do we want and need as a city? With citizens, businesses, city staff, and the council, we will work as a dedicated team to accomplish this.
o One-on-one commitment to discussing the needs of our city’s future with families and business owners.
· Stronger Economic Engine: Canby is the crown jewel of business and economic growth in the County. To capitalize on this, we must:
o Be fiscally focused, making sound decisions with a clear vision.
o Spur new small business growth.
o Improve transportation within and through our city. This will draw investment, create jobs, and make our local economy thrive.
· Growth With A Small Town Sensibility: With direction set and the engine roaring, where we take Canby is crucial.
o Sensible yet innovative planning of homes, parks, local and county roads, and businesses. I have worked with businesses and their challenges, like design codes. I will continue this direct involvement.
o Work to maintain our tight-knit community as we grow.
Will it be easy accomplishing these goals? No. Can it be done? Yes. As a retail manager and city councilor, I have listened directly to the community and made tough decisions. This kind of leadership, stewardship, and dedication is what Canby deserves.
A vote for Brian Hodson is a vote for leadership and commitment. A vote for Brian Hodson begins the next great chapter in Canby’s legacy.