I wish I lived in Howard County's first council district, although, of course, I'm more than pleased to live in the second. Why would I make such a bold statement, you ask? Well, because then I could possibly serve in Councilman Jon Weinstein's Community Cabinet, which is the single best idea I've seen in the constituent service area in this burg for a long time!
What the heck is a "community cabinet", you ask? Ah, but that's why you're reading! Learn all about it here.
So of course, all elected officials do constituent service and measure the attitudes of the people serve in their districts. That's nothing new. But I like how Weinstein has set this up, to be representative of ALL of HOAs and community boards in his District. Not just those who he likes. Not just those who contributed money to him. Everyone.
And I love that this is super-hyper-ultra-local. I don't now, because I haven't asked, but I would guess that if you're a community board that may have district representation but a county focus, like, say, HCCA, that you can't be part of this cabinet. And if that's the case, that's how it should be. Councilpeople always have to strike a balance between representing their district and considering the needs of the entire county but, let's face it, it's their district constituents who elect them. And to whom they are, and should be, directly accountable.
And what better way to establish direct accountability than to create a board of your constituent stakeholders and meet with them quarterly to talk about what you've done and what they need? Many, many kudos to Jon Weinstein for this approach.
Happy October 1st! Welcome to the scariest time of the year.
Let's be careful out there.
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