A Letter to the Citizens of Lancaster

My fellow citizens,

The mayor’s job is a big one and I think everyone in this community realizes that. We need a leader who has a vision but understands how public policy, Public Safety and city finances work. We need someone who inspires, motivates and listens to everyone not just those that have great lobbyists or good connections with the movers and shakers. We need someone who will stand up for this community and fight to make us great. We need a fearless, passionate and smart leader.

So what makes a great mayor?

A great mayor is trustworthy, honest, ethical and compassionate.

A great mayor understands how vital economic development is to a community and embraces new ideas while understanding what makes our economy tick

As your mayor …

I am able to negotiate and work with others to come to create and execute policies that will enable our community to thrive

I will take action and I do have the ability to execute ideas and policy that will benefit the entire community to take Lancaster to the next level

I am able to make tough decisions that are not always popular with everyone. I am a great communicator

I would surround myself with smart and talented people that reflect my vision for this community

Being mayor is not an easy job and in many ways it’s a thankless job.  Many people say that the 1990s were a turning point for mayors in America’s history. But I believe in the coming year , it is time for Lancaster to turn that corner and take its place in history as a great city.  But, to become a great city we need a great mayor.

So I pose this question to all the candidates who are throwing their hat into the ring for this race- WHY?  Why are you the person who can make the city great? Why are you the one we should trust to help move us in the right direction?

In the coming weeks, I will answer that question on this website and on my Russell4Mayor Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/russell4mayor