To my fellow neighbors:

Wed, 10/10/2007 - 8:14pm
By: John O. Miller

Real leadership considers every idea available before making decisions. A little bit of humility while you’re listening to people beats brash talk any day. I do not know all the answers, but I am determined enough to look for them. Positive decision making in a city demands involvement from the citizens -- how can you serve your community without learning the priorities of the very people you wish to serve?

Residents, business owners, and visitors deserve a city that is safe and clean. We deserve a government that is representative of and respectful to the diversity of our city. Folks around here want a change in a positive direction.

I am running for mayor because I am a hardworking, knowledgeable servant with the ability to listen to all sides of an issue. We may not always see eye to eye on every issue, but I sincerely promise that I will make informed decisions with our community’s wellbeing in mind.

I hold some very deep concerns about Palmetto’s future, and I believe we will jeopardize this future if we continue our present course. Examples of uncontrolled commercial and residential land use are popping up all around us. We live in a community where criminal activity is rising steadily and people are frustrated that their city seems unresponsive to their concerns.

Over the seven years I have lived in Palmetto, every positive change I have seen has come from the community. We want a city that we feel safe in and our young people need programs and activities that give them real alternatives to “hanging out” in the streets. We all deserve a local government we can trust as stewards of our community’s future growth and development.

Just twelve months ago only a handful of citizens attended city council meetings. We now regularly fill every row with residents concerned about Palmetto’s future. Interested in preventing crime, we now have a group of dedicated people who have started a Neighborhood Watch program that is guided by lively input from concerned citizens. With continued community enthusiasm and involvement like this, I am certain Palmetto has a bright future.

I am asking for your input. I am asking for your trust. I am asking for your vote. And I am asking that you hold me accountable to our cause of always striving to make this a better place to live, work, and play. When we win, I am promising my devotion to bettering our city.

Please call me with any ideas you have. Tell your neighbors about our campaign and I invite them to contact me with any questions or concerns they may have. It is going to take a lot of effort to get our message of change and positive development to every resident of this city. My email address is JOHNMLER@BELLSOUTH.NET. My home phone is 770.463.2867. I look forward to talking to you about the exciting prospects ahead.

Very Truly Yours,

John O. Miller

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