Why would I sign a civility pledge? Shouldn’t civility be a matter of course? The answer is yes…but unfortunately it isn’t always present in our current political climate. I learned long ago that leadership is about intention. When we are intentional in our words and actions, the outcomes and values we seek are more likely to happen.
I have said often in my campaign that I am running for Island County Commissioner because I believe we can bring people together, that our shared values and commitment to our communities is greater than those things which divide us. I wrote a blog early in the campaign about the importance of moving past tribalism and extreme partisanship and renew a civil discourse on the concerns facing us, recognizing that we can engage our differences of opinion to find stronger, better solutions for those issues facing us. You can find it here.
Civility First is holding a series of events in partnership with Sno-Isle Libraries. I strongly encourage you to visit one of these discussions or their website. October is Civility Month. Would you join many others to sign the Civility Pledge? You can find more information here. You can also attend one of the events in the attached flyer.
As a nonprofit executive, social worker and a mother, I have long been comfortable with uncomfortable conversations. I will stay engaged, respectful and responsive to those who come with their concerns and ideas. So yes, I signed the Civility Pledge and I intend to work to keep that pledge not only in this campaign but in all my efforts to work for stronger communities in Island County.