Bellamy W. Brown For Charlottesville City Council
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Charlottesville local government has not always provided the kind of transparency, governance, and leadershhip we as a community deserve. Dr. Sipho Moyo, rightly stated, "transparency is a cornerstone of good governance as it allows citizens...to hold institutions and governments accountable for their policies and performance."
It should be our unified goal as a community to require transparency, good governance, and sound leadership from our local government. Our form of government was founded on the principles of being "for the people, by the people." Without effective transparency, that goal is not accomplished. We've experienced the impact a lack of transparency has had on our community, and I seek to change that in order to help our local government run more effectively, and align more closely with the interests of our community.
Good governance takes into consideration the present and future needs of our community, uses sound judgment in policy-setting and decision-making, and acts in the best interests of the community as a whole. This includes being accountable, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law. In order to achieve good governance, we must be willing to operate in a manner that takes into consideration all community members' interests, and ensure those interests are addressed and reflected in policy initiatives.
It's clear that our community has lost trust with local government. Having served honorably as a leader within the U.S. Marine Corps; in addition to having held various leadership positions within the business community; I have gained firsthand experience of what it takes to build trust with those I've served, and continue to maintain that trust today. To navigate through the many challenges facing our community will require those same strong leadership skills. Additionally, it will require collaboration amongst public, private, nonprofit, and other community partners.
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