I believe our community is expecting more from our elected leaders. Our citizens want their leaders to re-earn their respect and confidence. They want integrity, professionalism, honesty, and transparency. I believe the community wants more information from those they have elected. They want information in a form that is understandable and readily available. More than anything, I believe they want assurance their elected leaders are using all our community resources for the benefit of the entire community. Many in our community are cynical about our local governments. Too many believe there is manipulation of declining community resources for the benefit of one government organization or another.
I am excited about our community and its potential. I have a greater understanding of our issues and the tools to find solutions as a result of recent training. I look forward to hearing the plans and dreams of others. I look forward to working with all other elected officials in our community because I know it is essential for all of us to work together. Encouraging opportunity for our community organizations to participate in county decisions will bring great benefits. Seeking the counsel of our community experts in community decisions will lead to better solutions to old and new problems. I will be listening and learning.
I am looking forward to 2013 and an opportunity to work with my colleagues to earn the confidence of our community.
Henry R. Craig is a newly-elected member of the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners, District 4