As of the time that I am writing this, today's edition of the MV Voice is not yet posted online (or at least I can't find it yet). One of the stories on the front page is the Chris Clark is in line to be the next Mayor of Mountain View.
I happen to think that Chris will be an excellent Mayor and will prove himself ready to handle the duties and responsibilities that come with it. At this time last year, I attended the first City Council meeting of the year and gave my unequivocal endorsement for him to be elected Vice Mayor. I had run against Chris in the campaign for City Council, and while I did not always agree with his ideas, he struck me as someone who would bring good energy and serious thought and consideration to everything that the Council would be asked to consider.
I was a bit surprised though to see that some emphasis was put on the fact the Chris is openly gay. To me, this is a non sequitur because the Bay Area is quite progressive and forward thinking; and whether one is gay or not has no bearing on one's ability to do any particular job.
Last year, no one mentioned that I was the first "openly Black man" to ever run for City Council here and if they had it should not have mattered, because what matters are ideas and not what category people want you to fit into. If I am elected to the City Council this year, I admit that it would be nice to be listed in the history books as the first Black person ever elected to City Council here, but that won't matter to me if after I am there, and if I were to become Mayor, if my legacy was one of one failed policy decision after another. I would much rather be remembered as someone who was effective, got the job done, and move the city forward.
I think that when you look at the things that Chris has been able to accomplish in his first year, no one can argue with his dedication, his drive and his willingness to take on such an awesome responsibility and in the end, I think those are some of the most important things he should be evaluated on. Anything that has to do with his personal life is irrelevant.
I intend to speak again during the Council Meeting and endorse Chris Clark as the next Mayor of Mountain View and John McAlister for Vice Mayor.
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