I know this is a big one and I feel very strongly about this issue . Having money in politics can make a great city go in the wrong direction. When you have businesses and individuals investing in candidates it creates a conflict of interest. Let's find a new way to do local politics.
True campaign reform begins with taking all the donations out of campaigning. This levels the playing field to allow new voices to be heard.
I am taking the first step by not accepting any donations for my campaign. Don't get me wrong, I still need your support. So if you feel the same way I do, please share our campaign on social media and with your friends, family, and neighbors,
Please use #DerekGetsItDone #SayNoToCampaignDonations
What I am proposing is that we hold multiple video conferencing events (i.e. Zoom meetings or similar platform) that gives every candidate an opportunity to speak on their positions and have the public ask them questions. No more mail outs, no more buying a seat, no more candidates trying to parlay this position for a better gig.
In addition, each candidate must recuse themselves on any issue that they have a vested interest in and cannot take a future position or receive money from companies their votes helped for 5-10 years after their service. This will ensure the appearance of impropriety is removed.
I believe Parkland is a destination not a stepping stone to a bigger political career. I want candidates that are going to be here for the long haul and truly want to make this city better. I know I will receive a lot of push back on this, but I want Parkland to become a model of what all governments should aspire to be like.
Let's take the torch and set the example.