It is funny that when I write a blog that is a bit controversial, I am accused of being negative. Yet, when I write blogs about what I have done in our community and what I plan to do as Mayor, nobody seems to pay attention or even comment. How do you get your message across to the voters in a concise manner that will make them see who you are and what kind of job you will do if you are chosen to lead their city? How do you tell others what is wrong with your opponents without making yourself seem negative?
I have worked hard for many years to serve our great city, our great school system and help people in general. I have to say, I was pretty happy when I found out that you got paid for being on City Council and the Board of Education. I never thought that you would actually make money to help other people. I have tried and tried to make sure that everybody in our city and schools were dealt with in a fair manner. Helping others makes me feel good about myself, and although there are times I have to play "King Solomon" and choose what I think is right or wrong, making difficult decisions, each and every time, I have tried to do what I thinks is right for all that is concerned.
My background in running small businesses, working in property management and heading committees has taught me a lot about dealing with people, which would make me a wonderful administrator. It also has taught me a lot about finances; dealing with the numbers... knowing what is within your budget. I remember when I was young, about 25 and heading a party at the school, when a mother brought purple grape juice. I said, “not a great choice to bring a purple drink for Kindergartners". She replied, "never criticize a volunteer, just be happy I brought the juice". That stuck with me and taught me a lot about being grateful to those who are willing to help, those who show up to be there for others.
Having had a severely disabled child taught me way, way, more lessons than being in business, property management, running a household or volunteering- all put together. It taught me how to look and think outside of the box, how to not make decisions based on black or white, that there are shades of gray in between. My son, Morris, taught me how to be compassionate to other's needs, why I should help others, why I can show empathy to those who are elderly or need help in various ways. I hope that my time on City Council reflects that empathy, I know in my heart that each decision I made was done in a fashion that was meant to be fair and sympathetic to every bodies needs. I based each decision on the fact that when I went to bed that night and my head "hit the pillow" I would sleep soundly with no regrets. I hope my tenure on the Mayfield Board of Education and Mayfield Heights City Council has reflected those decisions.
I can campaign, I can knock on doors, I can write many different blogs... but the end result is truly my service to the people. How I can make our city even better, serve the residents and businesses in our city and devote my time and energy to making you satisfied with the results. Please help me by visiting my face book page, Donna Finney for Mayor of Mayfield Heights, visiting my web page www.finneyformayor.com or calling me at 216-780-5762 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your thoughts. Without you, this whole effort is fruitless.
Have a great week and remember the most important thing... I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve the people and I am "proud to be an American" most of all...