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A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way...

As someone running for public office, I find it crucial to address the topic of professional conduct and ethics, especially as they pertain to our online interactions and our public interactions in town meetings.

I am here to set the tone. Positivity is often mistaken for insincerity, but I disagree. Being positive, especially when circumstances aren't ideal, is a feat of strength. It's easy to be polite and kind when everything's going our way. But when we're stressed, resource-depleted, or grappling with personal problems, it takes a resilient character to continue to put forth a positive attitude. I won't pretend I've always succeeded at this; in fact, I falter regularly. But the point is to learn and improve every day.

Social media presents a double-edged sword. It can be a vibrant forum for community engagement, the sharing of ideas, and the fostering of friendships. But it can also devolve into a self-centered echo chamber that amplifies our worst instincts. As public servants and community members, it’s our responsibility to set the right tone online. Yes, venting can be cathartic, and a bit of silly neighborly banter never hurt anyone. But perpetually feeding the unkind parts of ourselves can be destructive, not just to ourselves but to the community we're meant to serve. It's far easier to drag others down into the mud than it is to climb out of it. Let's commit to being better, and stay out of the mud altogether.

I am committed to running a campaign rooted in dignity, respect, and integrity. You deserve nothing less than a campaign that engages in honest, transparent dialogue about the issues that matter most to our community. I pledge to focus on these critical matters rather than resort to divisive rhetoric or personal attacks. Together, let's show the world that civility and decency are not antiquated concepts and show folks that these are the cornerstones of a democratic society and a thriving community.

Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to serving you all.

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