LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Duda thanks residents for his chance to serve

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Duda thanks residents for his chance to serve

Ever since I was elected Alderman in 2005, I have always viewed my seat on the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Alderman, first and foremost, as belonging to the people.

When voting on any single issue, I viewed my duty simply and similar to that of an umpire behind home plate: take each pitch that is thrown and call it for how I saw it, whether it be a “ball”, or a “strike.”

I have faith in our local government. I believe nine reasonable members of a board can view the same exact pitch and sometimes view it differently.

As long as the newcomers to the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Aldermen remember this is their role and treat the seat with the same respect, they will do well and we will be in good hands.

I have faith in our City and the work we have accomplished. I do not believe this election to be a referendum on Spring Hill Rising: 2040, our comprehensive plan that lays out our vision for our City. Nor do I believe this election to be a referendum on the work that has been completed to address the challenges we face – work that is often invisible, but critical to complete in order to make progress. Rather, it is my hope that this election be viewed for what I believe it to be – simply a referendum on the individuals and personalities that make up the representation on the board for our City.

So I ask the new board members, take the foundation of work that has been forged, and build off of it, don’t discard it.

In contemplating the ambitions of life, Walt Whitman arrived at the conclusion “That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.”

I have contributed a verse. 12 years is a long time to contribute, and I know that this City is better than we started and well on its way to greatness.

I want to thank Citizens of Spring Hill that have entrusted me with their

representation as your Alderman in Ward 2. I am deeply touched by the relationships we have formed, and proud of the work we have accomplished. Spring Hill’s new act has begun. Jeff Graves and other new board members will have their turn to add a verse.

Jonathan Duda

City of Spring Hill Alderman, Ward 2

City of Spring Hill Planning Commissioner

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