Wall: Bloom

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - MECHEL WALL SPE­CIAL THE TIMES TO

When I signed the forms to run for Mayor of Pea Ridge, it was not with­out a mea­sure of trep­i­da­tion. I didn’t want peo­ple to think I was running against Jackie, their friend, their neigh­bor and long-time leader.

My goal was to in­spire a new vi­sion, a dif­fer­ent path and build a foun­da­tion of un­der­stand­ing. Some­times when the same peo­ple do the same things for a long time, they for­get to be en­thu­si­as­tic and creative.

One rea­son there are term lim­its in pub­lic of­fice is to make sure that fresh ideas are al­ways sprout­ing up and ready to be har­vested. The pass­ing of the torch doesn’t have to be a neg­a­tive thing, I saw this race as an op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce new ideas to the com­mu­nity. I hoped to be­gin a vi­sion build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence which would

serve to unify us and so­lid­ify the col­lec­tive re­solve to emerge from this ex­pe­ri­ence en­thused and en­er­gized. I in­vited you, the vot­ers, to take a step back, con­sider where we are to­day and think of where you’d re­ally like to be in five years.

Do you see a clear path? Are the goals con­crete or cloud-like? If the lofty ideas you’ve heard and seen don’t pro­vide you with some­thing your mind can lay hold on, they are dreams. Al­though I’ve not been hired to do the job of mayor, I’ve given you facts, sta­tis­tics, or­ga­ni­za­tional plans, sug­ges­tions for how to im­prove and achieved mea­sur­able goals. I’ve read the Mu­nic­i­pal Hand­book and have a good un­der­stand­ing how a city should be gov­erned. I’m com­mit­ted to fol­low­ing rules and lead­ing by ex­am­ple how to treat my em­ployer: you.

Pub­lic ser­vants should al­ways be look­ing for how to lead by ex­am­ple and serve their con­stituents. That’s not some­thing that hap­pens for a short pe­riod of time or for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion. Pub­lic ser­vice is a way of life and those that ex­em­plify that in their daily walk make great lead­ers.

For those who have never met me, I wel­come the op­por­tu­nity to get to know you. For those who do know me, thank you for en­cour­ag­ing me to do some­thing that truly has made me stretch. I’m dif­fer­ent than I was four months ago. I’m stronger, bolder, more con­fi­dent and less likely to shy away from a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion. No mat­ter the out­come, I’m bet­ter for hav­ing done this.

My motto is to “bloom where I am planted” and if you plant my feet in the of­fice of mayor, be pre­pared for the good kind of growth as in­di­vid­u­als be­cause you’ll be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the process, and as a com­mu­nity be­cause we can­not stop the growth, we can only plan for it.


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