This week the city had one of the highest attended council meetings, as concerned citizens turned out to express their views on the new mall . It was my first time seeing this process from a campaign perspective instead of a voter’s perspective. I held back my own views in an effort to listen to the views of others. Listening to the competing viewpoints led me to a better understanding of the complexity of the problem. After thinking it over I could see one pattern of common behavior… we all wanted a better Seminole Mall and we all cared enough to take time to share our thoughts.

I am very encouraged to see that we have a core group that cares about the future development of our city. While some may view the disagreements as a negative I see it quite differently – the process of disagreeing results in better solutions.

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