The esteemed editor of NEWSLINCOLNCOUNTY, Dave Morgan, asked me why I decided to run for Mayor of Depoe Bay. So did my wonderful husband, Bernie Lynam.
Why indeed? After serving in two elected positions: nearly eight years on City Council and 15 years on the Depoe Bay Fire District Board of Directors, I’ve learned a few things about myself and the life I want to lead.
Here’s the long answer.
Our town is the kind of place where folks smile and say “Hi” whether they’ve met you or not, where your neighbor is there for you when you need help. It’s a place where citizens volunteer to create and implement wonderful events and, at the same time, reach out to help a neighbor in need. Our local businesses support our community’s activities and our citizens support local business. I want everyone in Depoe Bay from working families to retired seniors to continue feeling good about their home town. And working as part of the Council that manages the town seems a great way to help.
Add to that, I enjoy the work. I believe I can help to move the City forward in good ways. I believe in public service as a way of thanking the community for the many ways it has supported Bernie and me through our years here. I have a body of knowledge and experience to help guide me—from our town’s history to an understanding of many local and state ordinances, regulations and laws. I know how to construct a coalition to achieve important goals; how to motivate people; how to raise funds for worthy projects, how to run a meeting, how to say “Please” and “Thank you,” and how to say “Yes” and “No” courteously and with confidence.
And the short answer
I love our community and want to help it thrive while doing work I truly enjoy.
What I’ll Work On If Elected
First, we must assure that we are continuing with the critically important work of maintaining and improving our aging water and sewer lines, our harbor docks and our streets.
Second, we must protect the City’s planned budget, its ability to borrow money if necessary and its reputation within the financial industry.
Third, enriching Depoe Bay’s relationships with our neighboring towns and elected and appointed officials will help our business and tourism communities to flourish and grow while enhancing daily life for all.
So If you are comfortable with who I am and my commitment to Depoe Bay, vote, sign your ballot and send it in. Please do that even if you vote for someone else. Your vote is your responsibility as a good citizen and that’s all any of us can ask of each other—to meet our responsibilities with good cheer.
Editor’s note: Any and all candidates for office are cordially invited to submit their reasons for running for office. Email those statements to: Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com