”I am very grateful for the show of support today at my announcement to run for Mayor of Newport News. In my church, this is the season of Epiphany which means awakening. I believe Newport News is awakening to new leadership, a new vision, and new possibilities. I want to be a part of that awakening by serving as your Mayor.
The vision for Newport News should be a SHARED VISION that reflects the needs of ALL the citizens. One only needs to look at the East End to know that they have not been included in that vision. Gangs are increasing in the North District, perhaps because their long awaited Community Center has been put on hold for several years. ALL parts of our city should be treated equally in order for us to be a great city.
I also believe in SHARED LEADERSHIP. All council members have one vote including the Mayor and all should share in the leadership role by being able to represent their constituents with all the necessary information before a decision is needed. Better communication is essential and it should be celebrated (not criticized) that the four women work together, despite differing backgrounds and ideologies.
We must make our city more affordable so we retain our residents and attract new citizens to live, work and play. Workforce Development and jobs must be available to help more citizens be self sufficient.
I have been accused of saying “No” too much but I actually say, “Yes” much more often. I will continue to say “Yes” to efficiency and transparency in government, enhanced public safety, a stellar school system and more businesses…large and small. We need to nurture and grow our businesses by streamlining the process of attracting and retaining them. They are the backbone of our community.
I admire and have learned from many leaders: Lincoln, Gandhi, FDR, and Martin Luther King, Jr. whose quote “It is always the right time to do the right thing” I will use to close. I believe the right thing for Newport News is to elect Pat Woodbury Mayor on May 4, 2010. ” – Candidate for Mayor Pat Woodbury.
Pat Woodbury and Grandchildren
About seventy people and two dogs showed up (so you know, that’s a really good turnout) for Dr. Patricia Woodbury’s announcement of candidacy for Mayor.
Among the crowd of supporters I noticed Cliff Dunn, James Feeney Carter, and Trischa Stall.
The Campaign Kickoff included plenty of prayer, and Dr. Woodbury’s message was full of patriotism.
She spoke of the need for transparency in our government.
I’m with her on that one.
She spoke of the problems with crime in our city,and the need to be tough on criminals. She spoke of the need to be fiscally responsible.
During her speech, Dr. Woodbury endorsed Angela Herring for School Board Central District and Rick Jones for School Board At- Large. She said the two candidates “Get it.”
Speaking of education, if she’s elected, you will be hearing more about the Kalamazoo Promise.
After the speech, most of the crowd scrambled off to Anna’s Pizza.
You can watch Pat Woodbury’s announcement tonight (Saturday, January 23rd, 2010) at 11:00 on News Channel 3.
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