When I shared my reasons last month, I expected them to be my last word on the park issue. Since then, my name has been used, unauthorized, in a robopoll, on mailers and signs. Now I’m one of the subjects of a column suggesting I don’t understand the nuances of funding cities and parks, that if citizens grasped the money involved and the danger (?) of transients congregating in a public park, they’d change their minds about wanting one right away.
In fact, I sit on a committee overseeing city capital projects. I know the financial considerations involved. I believe in the process, even when it’s frustratingly slow, generational work. I’ve followed city budgets for years and, what’s more, handle revenue projections for a living.
As for politics, I would never name my fellow candidates in an attack or participate in push polls or slates. People who know me will say I’m quiet and practical, a problem-solver. I value respectful disagreement that lets both sides continue to work productively. I can’t control what supporters do, but I’ve asked them to be respectful and positive, as I intend to keep doing. I also ask that you only refer to my statements for my positions.
— Rich Lee