Letter: Grassroots Mayor
Thank you, Prescott. I am truly honored - and humbled - to be your next mayor.
This was a close and hard-fought race. And my wife, Jeanna, and I are so grateful for all of the people who helped us along the way. We could not have done it without all your hard work, words of encouragement, and prayers to help us through.
First of all, we would like to thank Dan and Ana Maria Fraijo for running a campaign that centered on the issues and concerns of voters. In such a tight race, critical concerns often get lost without maintaining focus on what voters care about most. Prescott should be proud this race was about the issues. When we spoke election night, Dan offered to help me where he could; I will take him at his word for he has some good ideas for this city.
We want to thank all my volunteers: those who gathered signatures, walked the neighborhoods and distributed literature, opened their homes for Meet n' Greets, placed my campaign signs in their yards or neighborhoods, and donated to my campaign. This was truly a grassroots effort that allowed me to get my message out to the voters.
To all of the voters who did not cast a ballot for me, I ask you to give me a chance and approach me with an open mind. There is a special place in our hearts for where we grew up; where we first learned to ride a bike (and in my case, a horse), learned how to swim, play baseball, or watch a sunset with our father. Prescott is that place for me. So you have my pledge I will work every day to ensure Prescott remains the vibrant town it is.
We are also grateful to The Daily Courier staff and especially Editor Robin Layton for their election coverage. Citizens learned where the candidates stood on the issues and our vision for Prescott. Most importantly, on the editorial page citizens were given the chance to voice various opinions on every ballot measure. Undoubtedly, we all became better informed as a result.
Thanks as well to all the organizations that sponsored candidate forums. These forums provided excellent venues in which to compare and contrast candidate positions on issues and helped educate voters on the challenges facing our city.
The City Council members and I face some tough decisions ahead. Yet, I am confident we can find ways to expand our tax base to alleviate some of our financial problems without resorting to over-taxing our residents. After speaking with them, I know we are all anxious to get down to business.
I look forward to working with such a dynamic group. But most of all, I look forward to being everyone's mayor in "Everybody's Hometown."
Harry Oberg and