As a mayor who believes in open and transparent government, I am offering up my reflections on today's videotaped debate on Public TV between me and my opponent.
Councilman Jeff Smith went on the attack at one point basicly calling me a liar and demonstrating the strident tenor he wants to bring to the job of mayor. The back and forth was spirited with Mr. Smith taking aim at this blog.
He says the blog is bad for government. I say people have a right to know what their mayor is doing and thinking. He says secrets are revealed here...I say, discretion is always the order of the day and there are lots of things I do and talk about you don't read here. In any event I would rather err on the side of open government.
Moderator Jeff Cole...one of three Jeffs on the set....tried to pin us both down for failures that occured during our watch.
I stressed temperment and judgement, as well as an ability to make the council/manager system of government work well....And when it doesn't work well, I know how to correct a situation.
My opponent said he has the values a citizen can respect and that he is a "family man" and father of four children.
Mr. Smith also touted alternative energy and claimed he is living the dream by having solar panels at his home.
It was spirited and likely worth watching....