Kent Igleheart’s Endorsement of Mayor Wood
I am voting for Jere Wood in the runoff on December 1st.
I am voting for Jere Wood because he is the only independent, proactive leader in this runoff. He’s also the only one in this runoff to stay on a positive message for Roswell and is the only one who will have the time necessary to truly work hard for ALL of Roswell.
He respects the political process and regardless of the issues, even when he and I disagree, he has always stayed within the boundaries of the political game.
Much has been made about our disagreements but, in fact, I’d say we agree most of the time. On billboards, my transportation initiatives, environmental policies, my sustainability programs. Of course the Mayor and I were recently the only ones to be against a rezoning that would have brought higher density into a neighborhood area. So on the major issues that are important, I’d say we agree more than we disagree. Now, on the biggest disagreement we’ve had, Charlie Brown, Jere has shown he can listen to the voters and change his position. I can respect that.
And just because we do disagree on some things, sometimes in a very public way, that doesn’t mean we can’t work together.
Those who endorsed both my opponent and the Mayor’s opponent have tried to make a big deal about supposed divisions among those on Council.
To them I would say - grow up. They don’t seem to understand there is great value in considering different sides of issues. They seem to be pushing for a group that gets together and sings Kumbaya and everyone just goes along to get along. That’s just not good for the creation of public policy where there are differences of opinion that need to be listened to and hashed out and where people need to take a stand on an issue, make compromises, make difficult decisions and really work together for the best interests of ALL of Roswell.
We can still respect each other and the process, even if we disagree on issues or methods. Mayor Wood calls me and others to talk about whatever his latest issue is. Some might even cringe when you hear his trademark - “do you have a minute”? But he is open to talking, listening, compromising and figuring out how to make things happen.
In the past few years I cannot recall one time where David Tolleson called me about an issue or had a substantive discussion about anything.
Now, frankly, endorsements don’t mean much. My opponent was endorsed by quite a few folks, including the unprecedented endorsements of sitting Councilmembers. In the face of that plus an onslaught of negativity, outright falsehoods and dirty politics, I was still able to just barely squeak out a win. And don’t forget these same folks are also the ones running David’s campaign.
So, I don’t put a lot of stock in endorsements.
And, frankly, I don’t have anything to gain from this. Apparently, there are all kinds of rumors about Mayor Wood promising me the moon for my endorsement. Well again, rumors and innuendo are the way the folks running against us operate. But the truth is I just told him last week I would support him and didn’t ask for anything in return and he didn’t offer anything.
This is just my opinion on who is now the best candidate in the runoff for mayor. And I do have the personal experience of serving with both of them for the past eight years so maybe that perspective can be helpful to someone considering how to vote in the runoff.
But if you voted for me then I encourage you to vote for Mayor Wood on December 1 because that is your best chance to get an independent, proactive leader who really does serve ALL of Roswell.
If you voted for me because you think I will be the best watchdog for your tax dollars then you need to vote for Mayor Wood. He has agreed to take a harder look at how we can make budget cuts and operate differently to provide better service and save money. That is probably my key issue.
If you voted for me because you wanted to see changes in our processes to make us more business friendly, then you need to vote for Mayor Wood. He has agreed we need to determine what changes should be made.
His opponent has refused to recognize that many changes need to be made at all. When he was on Council he was often the main one to just accept whatever staff offers, not question anything, add new spending. We can’t accept that for our future.
So, as I know many of you have said, you thought you’d never see the day where this would happen, but I am voting for Jere Wood and I hope you will too. I’m going to work hard to get Jere re-elected and I hope you will too. I’m going to encourage my friends and supporters to vote for Jere Wood and I hope you will too.
So please join me in voting to re-elect Mayor Jere Wood on December 1st.