I feel Phil Elmore's letter on Sunday was disrespectful to me and the other independent candidates in Belleville. I hope this is just my interpretation and that it wasn't intentionally meant to be disrespectful.
When Joe Hayden announced his candidacy for mayor on July 16, I was in the audience to support him. We had previously spoken and I knew of his six-point campaign platform. I agree with his platform goals, some more than others and most likely with differing priorities. On some we have discussed implementation ideas. This is where Joe and I differ. But what's great about Joe is he'll take the time to listen and consider alternative viewpoints.
I look forward to a time when aldermen have the opportunity to express their views and those of their constituents without fear of retaliation from the party boss.
I first brought up the idea of running for alderman to close friends. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Friends knew of my involvement at City Council meetings and that I took the time to research projects so I could make informed comments. Joe in no way recruited me to join his group, but I'm sure he was pleased when I approached to ask for his guidance in navigating the process of my candidacy.
Joe, having gone through the process himself, was able to tell me up front what's expected of me and put me I touch with other professionals to complete the process. For this I publicly say, "Thank you, Joe."
Candidate, Ward 5 alderman