Florence Gatten Said It Best

From Greensboro Councilman Florence Gatten’s blog, who recently announced she would neither run for re-election nor run for mayor:

My view is simply this:  local government is something that we do together.  It is – or it should be – a shared responsibility – citizens in dialogue with their elected leaders; elected leaders in daily contact with citizens.  It is work we do together.

Unlike federal or state government where length of service builds seniority and a power base, I am unconvinced that, in local government, citizens are best served when people stay in office for extended periods of time.  I believe we need citizen-leaders rather than professional politicians.


Amen, Ms. Gatten. You’ve said it best. All the best to you.

E.C. 🙂


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