I am prone to fits of grandiose speech. It's my nature. And as I am sure all of you are aware, this campaign was chalk full of them.
That said, I am so incredibly grateful to have had your support throughout this journey. You stepped up and helped me make a difference, and I couldn't have done it without you. But if you're willing...if you've come with me this far...I ask that you join me in taking one additional step.
A recent article in the North Raleigh News talked a bit more about my proposal for updating employment non-discrimination language in the City of Raleigh. The most recent language was adopted in January of 1988. Since then, so much has changed. We have grown, and so has our need for strong and comprehensive discrimination protections. The language remains more comprehensive than the majority of municipalities in North Carolina, but it still needs work.
I have always had an interest in politics. I love the idea that the efforts of one person can affect the well being of so many. When I got into this race, I told myself that I wanted to do it before I lost that feeling. The feeling that I could make a difference. Those are the kinds of people who set our City apart from others. Those are the kinds of people who help sustain our ability to be a shining example of sound municipal governing.
Along the way, I've met so many incredible public servants, but few eclipse former five-term Raleigh mayor, Charles Meeker.
I've been thinking a lot about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week, with yesterday marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. To this day, his familiar words echo out of the past into present day. In a running stream of dissonance in an otherwise divided south, he eloquently put both words and actions at the forefront of socio-political discourse. And on August 28th, 1963, Dr. King gave his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech. He was 34 years old.
I wanted to share some dialogue I had recently with Rep. Tom Murry (R-Morrisville). Rep. Murry was gracious enough to send me a quick note when I decided to run for City Council. He certainly was under no obligation to do so, but he did, and I appreciated the gesture.
On October 8th, citizens of Raleigh will have the opportunity to vote on a bond proposal to address the city’s transportation needs. It will read like this:
Shall the order adopted on August 6, 2013, authorizing not exceeding $75,000,000 TRANSPORTATION BONDS of the City of Raleigh, North Carolina, for the purpose of providing funds, together with any other available funds, for various transportation related improvements inside and outside the corporate limits of said City, including, without limitation, street, sidewalk and streetscape improvements, bridges, bicycle lanes, curbs and drains, traffic controls, bus and train station and shelter improvements, and the acquisition of any related land, rights of way and equipment, and authorizing the levy of taxes in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and the interest on said bonds, be approved?
Posted by George E Wood Jr. · July 31, 2013 9:14 PM
By now, I’m sure that you know Brian and I are running for Raleigh City Council. Well, I guess I should clarify. “Brian Fitzsimmons” is the name that you should select on the ballot in October, but I honestly feel that we are both running together. I feel like we are all running together. When he asked me to be his campaign manager, I don’t think that I could have said YES more enthusiastically. I wanted to write to you today to help you get to know Brian a little better, and hopefully get you as excited as I am about the adventure that we are on.