We have a candidate for City Council who has all the requisite credentials: Business acumen, leadership and community service. An objective review of his résumé reveals the qualities any community would be delighted to see in their leaders. A résumé, however, doesnt speak about character and ethics.
Aside from his known leadership qualities and community service, this is a candidate who possesses the intellect, personality and diplomacy to grasp and deal with complex and thorny issues.
Heres an anecdote that addresses the character issue: In 2003, his company applied for approval of a new subdivision within city limits. Technically, the project was called in-fill development, through which property within the city that was underutilized and a community eyesore was converted to its best and highest use.
His companys plan was to convert that space into a subdivision of good quality, well-designed and reasonably priced townhomes. Their goal was to price those homes at a level affordable to residents who worked in the community in jobs such as teachers, firefighters, retail clerks and young couples. I asked, Why would you pick that price point while other developers are building products in the city and county for twice that amount?
His reply was, We think its something wed like to do for the community. Under his leadership, his company put millions of dollars at risk to pursue its dream to help people within the community who were previously priced out of the market. The finished product, Parkside Terrace, won several awards from the city.
Were fortunate to have a quality candidate such as this offering to serve the city. I urge you to support his candidacy.I urge you to support Emil Wanatka for City Council.
Edmund Andersson, Durango