“Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” - Stephen R. Covey
To be an effective town leader, a person must earn the trust of the public they serve. The recent National Citizen Survey, in which Davidson participated, revealed that many residents currently do not have confidence in town government, do not believe the town does a good job of treating all residents fairly, and do not feel the town is being honest or acting in the best interest of Davidson residents. These sentiments were equally reflected in my own conversations with our citizens. This erosion of trust needs to stop. It’s time to rebuild the foundation of trust between town leaders, staff, and the residents they serve.
In order to build trust, we must start at the top with the representative and leader of the town: our mayor. It is paramount to elect a mayor who will:
- Communicate openly and honestly.
- Welcome, value, and even seek out perspectives, opinions and ideas that are different and varied from their own.
- Address issues with a common set of unbiased facts and understanding.
- Ensure fair and consistent processes.
- Engage with regional and state leaders on a frequent basis to establish strong working relationships.
- Work for you!
As mayor, I will lead with integrity, communicate with transparency, listen openly and manage with facts. It is my goal to build a strong foundation of trust that will allow our community to tackle any challenge in a beneficial and productive manner that unites us rather than divides us.