First, I want to thank all of the candidates who ran in the primary and general elections for City Council and for the school board, and in particular to Elaine Kavalok and Mark Coen for running for council Position 6. I know that both will continue to be involved in promoting a positive dialogue of ideas on the Island, which is good for all of us.
With contested races, there are more opportunities to discuss different ideas on how to make the Island an even better place to live than it is now. In addition, contested races allow community members to come together to share varying perspectives. While there will be differences, all of the candidates who ran share a common love for this community and a desire to serve the public. As we move past these elections, let’s embrace the love that we all have for this community and work in a collaborative manner and without rancor. I am truly humbled and honored to have the opportunity to represent each one of you on the council for the next four years. I look forward to working for and with each one of you as we tackle the issues that confront the Island.