First in, first out

01/14/2009 2:00 AM by

A month or so after announcing my candidacy for the City Council 7th District seat come this fall, I am rescinding that statement.

In the 5 weeks that I’ve been publicly a candidate, I’ve gotten enough into the mindspace of “being a candidate” to realize that it is not for me. It has become clear to me the difference between the civic and the political, and which of the two engages my interest.

Initially reluctant to run because of the time committment necessary to campaign, I have been going back and forth on my ability to commit to a campaign. After a few weeks of behind-the-scenes campaigning and with things about to really get going, I have come to realize that I do not have the time or desire to commit myself to the process of getting myself elected. While I do still think that I would do well at and sincerely enjoy representing the East End, I don’t have whatever it takes to exploit what might make me electable and nor do I want to tarnish what has brought me to most folks’ attention.

I want to thank everyone that offered their support. I am left kind of speechless by how many people immediately offered their confidence and to help the campaign. I keep thinking, though, that my best public contribution to the greater Church Hill area and the East End can be by continuing working to connect folks across the area through the sharing of information and by providing CHPN as the fairly neutral space that is has been.

A special thanks to those of you that met with me over the last few weeks to offer your input and advice. I also offer a heartfelt special thank you to those of you that offered financial support from the very beginning. I will, of course, have to decline your contribution and all checks are on their way back to you.

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