Inaugural Speech, January 1, 1999

First, thank you for joining me today. It is my honor and privilege to be your new Commissioner in Precinct 4. Let me underscore the fact that I do not come to this courthouse alone. Many of you here and many more that did not make this event, made it possible for me to be Commissioner. But, I need your continued support if I am to be a successful Commissioner!

Secondly, a special thanks to my parents. I am sure that many of you in the audience feel as I do: we cannot ever thank them enough for what they have done for us.

Thirdly, it is from the idealism and endless sacrifices of our WWII generation that we baby boomers gain inspiration. One of the most inspiring experiences I have had in my life is to be raised in a nice neighborhood. As a result, most of my public life has been dedicated to maintaining nice neighborhoods in each area of our community. So it is only logical that the Precinct 4 Commissioner office will be heavily devoted to neighborhood organization!

If we have viable communities and neighborhoods, we can better educate our residents about health and justice, the two primary missions of the County. Better neighborhoods can improve prevention of health problems and reduce the need for the proverbial "pound of cure" requiring immense amounts of taxes. In the process of fortifying our neighborhoods, we can hold the line on taxes. Bottom line: Better neighborhoods can weave together the fabric of whom all functioning neighborhoods are made.

To nonbelievers, I would invite considerations of the quotation by Margaret mead, to wit: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." So, never doubt your impact on the advancement & progress of Precinct 4. Join me as we begin this work. It will not be done overnight, but if we begin now, we can make a great difference in years to come.

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