From: Matt Todd <WriteToMe@matttodd.ca>
Date: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 5:47 PM
Subject: The reason I am voting Wayne Baldwin for White Rock Mayor
To: Vote ForChange <email@example.com>
Wayne Baldwin has the right attitude to be a great mayor for White Rock.
As a member of city council, I worked alongside Mr.Baldwin when he was the city manager.
There was a long list of things that we disagreed on. This could have been a barrier. It could have prevented us from being constructive in our service to citizens. However, he had an approach to problem-solving that I began to call the “Baldwin Road Map to Yes.”
Even when he thought an idea wouldn’t work, he wouldn’t judge or try to stop me from pursuing it. Instead, he would ask questions and share information on the issue. The challenges would be explained so that I knew what needed to be done to reach my goal. He wouldn’t say “no,” he would say, “yes, if.”
We would create a Road Map to Yes. With a map to guide me, I understood what potential problems had to be addressed. Sometimes I didn’t reach my goal – either because the concept was impractical or the challenges insurmountable – but for other initiatives, we were able to accomplish some very significant improvements for the residents of White Rock.
This is the kind of attitude I want in a mayor. Someone who is open-minded enough to listen to crazy ideas. Someone who doesn’t say no, but asks why and how. Someone who listens, fits what he hears into the big picture, and then translates it into action.
This fosters creativity and innovation. And that’s exactly what White Rock needs: fresh ideas, respect for diversity of perspectives, and a results driven can-do attitude. Baldwin will bring out the best in White Rock.
White Rock City Council Member 2002-2008