Patrick Slowey: Candidate committed to leading by example
I would like to thank the Steamboat Pilot for giving the candidates for the city council and the school board the opportunity to explain to our friends and neighbors why we are seeking public office.
My reasons for running for the District 1 seat on the city council are threefold.
First, and foremost, was leadership by example. I was surprised when the Pilot published the fact that no one was stepping up to represent the residents of downtown Steamboat (District 1). I have spent both of my careers as an Army officer and educator leading by example. So I said to myself, “If not me, then who?”
It seemed hypocritical of me to complain about recent council and/or city manager’s decisions without volunteering to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. The good news is that I am not alone. I am happy to say that there are four other talented residents, who similar to me, have stepped up to volunteer our time and talent to represent our downtown neighbors.
My second reason for running is I think I have the skill set needed to help lead our city. I spent more than 29 years in a variety of leadership roles in the United States Army. My final decade of assignments in the Army dealt with managing municipalities and associated infrastructure.
I was the deputy garrison commander (i.e. Deputy City Manager) of the Army’s largest installation, Fort Hood, Texas, and the garrison commander of Fort Dix, New Jersey. At Fort Dix, I executed an annual budget of more than $231 million, which provided the support and services to thousands of soldiers and their families.
My third, and final reason for running is I think I can provide a fresh, objective perspective along with practical solutions to the myriad of issues facing our community. As an inspector general, I was trained to determine the root cause of problems and recommend possible solutions.
As your representative, I will use my three decades of leadership experience to openly serve you and meet the needs of our community, while always keeping in that I represent the needs of many, not the special interests of the few.
In closing, I would like to encourage all eligible voters to lead by example for your children and your neighbors and vote for whatever candidate best represents your views and hopes for the future of our community.
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