posted on Jul, 30 2013 @ 07:34 PM
First it depends on how much control the People of a town have over their local Government. Many local Governments acquiesced their political rights
and power a long time ago; which include education and other things. Is should also be noted that mayor's don't quite have a say in education
unless it is a small town. Most larger towns/cities have Education Boards that are separate from the Executive department of a city.
All that pragmatic nonsense aside I would aim on being a mayor that fought for recognition of where the true political power lies; with the People. I
would try to instill into the people of the town/city that they need to be active in their political lives if they want to the see the changes they so
desire. If they do not, it is left to the politicians, bureaucrats, "city managers", etc, etc. (and we all know how that has been).
By encouraging the People to actively be engaged in their Government, a better Government can be created. Where conflicting ideas are not contested
and points of derision, but of opportunity and growth. Where the betterment of the community is placed along side the betterment of the
A few things I have seen as "pitfalls" though:
1: Promising the moon. This isn't grade-school and we are not running for class "president". We cannot promise free-lunches, no classes and
extended recess. What can be stated was that as the appointed leader of the community you strive to enhance the appeal of the city. There is only
one way to do that and that is through political participation; which American's don't really have.
2: Lack of said above participation leads the political class in a town down a dark-path. One where they have no civil oversight from the real power
base -- who have nearly given up all their will to be self-governing -- and become corrupt or stray from the path in which they are destined to be on.
3: Claim to represent this group or that group; or try to be the best friends of all groups. Enough! We are different, we will always be different.
What a mayor can do is provide the widest access to the Peoples' government possible. White, black, brown, poor, rich, business owner,
street-sweepers and trash collectors; do not give one group more access (or even perceived access) over another. Equal treatment under the law along
with equal access.
4. Allocate monies wisely. Don't buy into "gang" units (participation in ones' Government helps clean up the streets because people are more
involved). Don't go trying to re-invent the wheel. I think a lot of politicians are guilty of that.