Few people have faith in government these days. Most people don't trust elected officials to make right decisions based upon the will of the people. A lot of voters cast a ballot because it's the democratic thing to do, but so often you hear of people complaining about the "lesser of two evils."
It's time to really take this seriously and change all of that. It won't happen with just one politician in one county district, but we must bring trust back into politics.
Transparency usually refers to public finance; opening the books to the people. What about transparency on a politician's voting record? How do we know that the politician is even aware of the views of the constituency?
My plan for creating more trust in government through transparency has two parts:
I want to be very active online, through my website and social media, using videos, text, and graphics, to give constituents the details on how I vote and why. I want to publicly answer questions from my district about any and all aspects of county government and decision-making that goes on.
Being available to the public in this way is at the top of my priority list for this office. The inclusion of the people is not something that I take lightly. I think there is great wisdom in the population if it can be first collected and displayed for all to see. Which leads me to. . . .
I will introduce to the community some very powerful and choice-creating processes through which the public wisdom can be discovered. The one process that I'm the most fond of is called the World Cafe, and it is a way to get large groups of people discussing things of great local importance, having conversations that matter, and combining their ideas in such a way that new ideas unfold and unforeseen and beneficial opportunities arise.
Events like this and others, such as Citizen Deliberative Councils and Open Space Technology, can also provide me, as a politician, with an accurate snapshot of what the people truly think and feel about an issue. My work and connections with groups like the Co-Intelligence Institute and the Center for Wise Democracy will make District 24 a great proving grounds for this way of doing things.
When I say that I listen to my people I want to be able to back it up with something concrete, not the typical roundabout answer of, "I've talked to people."