The Mayor's office may be a position in which you have to do a lot of glad-handing and PR-schtick in addition to the day-to-day tasks. However, the City Council is an entirely different ballgame.
Here's a message to anyone running for Dallas City Council Seats Four, Five, Seven, or Eight:
If you're just running to run... If you're running because you know a lot of people or you have a lot of money and like free banquet tickets and want to see and be seen... or the Citizens Council told you to run... DO US ALL A FAVOR and stay home. Stop wasting our time, we don't need you!
In the Southern Sector, we need Councilpeople that are willing to FIGHT! The ills of these areas must be addressed! We have to take the drug dealers and pimps to war. We have to take the code violators and slumlords to war. We have to clean up the streets so people will want to invest in our side of town. Get it straight, when I say our side of town I'm not referring to any one race of people. I am simply referring to anyone that lives in those Council Districts.
How bad is it? It's bad when your wife goes to the gas station and a woman warns her not to wear her purse while pumping gas in broad daylight. It's bad when prostitutes are walking down the street with no tops on, propositioning people at 2:30 in the afternoon as school kids walk home.
Crime is occurring in the southern sector at an astounding rate. If you don't have a recent record of fighting crime and real community issues, DON'T RUN. If you're not going to get out in the streets YOURSELF and do something about it, then DON'T RUN. Simple as that. You need one of these, not a City Council seat.
When I hear people campaigning, I want to hear specifics. None of that vague garbage that sounds good and tastes great but doesn't get our neighborhoods anywhere closer to being viable. City Council is a serious job that requires serious people.
People that live in Council Districts Four, Five, Seven, and Eight need true leaders and my hope is that the City Council ballots are filled by such people in May 2007.