The great city of Flint voted in Mayor- Elect Sheldon A. Neeley Tuesday, November 5.
Loud cheers of celebration rung off at his celebration party; after the news broke Representative. Neeley would now hold the highest seat in the city of Flint.
This change in leadership has raised concern for some, others are willing to give the new administration a chance, and dedicated supports of Mayor- Elect Neeley believes he is cut out for the job.
Flint deserves a leader who is committed to the people. A vessel that can truly take us from crisis to recovery through action. Our leadership must create opportunities for all residents- young, elder, black, and white.
The new administration ran an excellent campaign on unifying us through common, pragmatic goals. Getting down to the issues that matter to the people. Fixing our crumbling infrastructure, grossly charging poor folks; for contaminated water is disheartening to say the least, educating the overall population, and tackling our safety crisis; by engaging public safety organizations and residents all can be addressed.
Neeley has earned the title of the People’s Champ.
For far too long, corporate interest has taken front seat in our community. A lack of empathy for the little guy stunts the growth of working class citizens. We must continue to build a structure for the working class and poor. Neighbors taking care of neighbors is the way we create effective change here in the city. A contemporary approach to how we conduct city business.
Unfortunately, division remains the norm in Flint. An infliction that is deeply rooted in the social, political, and economical classes.
This community is the recipient of bad deal after bad deal. Consistent failed leadership is partially to blame. Although, no one person is at fault for this growing concern of disfunction. As a collective, we all played a role of getting here. Through generations of disengagement at the municipal level. We must change the way in which we participate in politics.
Transactional policy is how we work in union with administrations. If we don’t receive the benefits a government is required to provide, then we vote them out, or follow the necessary protocol to find leadership that is fit to do so.
Less than 14 percent of the voting population participated in the last election. We must ask ourselves what can be done to ensure Flint can move beyond crisis mode. Moving this community forward takes effort from all sources: residential, philanthropic, and governmental.