I appreciate and am fully aware of the opportunity for all to submit content as well as to post on 40 South News. I will respond to the recent exchange in three parts . . .
First, I am an active and avid 40 South reader. I value Doug’s daily posts and rarely receive his emails without almost immediately opening and reading the stories. Regardless of the content or subject, the posts keep us informed and give us a digital glimpse of what is happening on the streets immediately surrounding us in Maplewood and our adjacent communities. This is Social Media working as a tool for us.
I also firmly believe that anything one types from behind a keyboard should be something they would freely say, with no regrets, as a part of a face-to-face exchange. Accountability for ones comments is critical. It’s my opinion that anonymity and pseudonyms online should never offer one the opportunity to make statements they would likely never make in conversation.
Second, regarding revisions to Maplewood’s Comprehensive Plan, from the day I filed my petition for Mayor of Maplewood, I have advocated a complete re-evaluation of our Comprehensive Plan. In discussions with City Staff, Council Members and countless residents, I have repeatedly stressed the long-overdue analysis of the document, drafted in 1990, with only limited revisions since that time. My message and my campaign literature are clear – this effort sits atop the list. 40 South commenter ‘Kevin’ succinctly states that the Comprehensive Plan is intended to “guide and regulate” municipal actions – in layman’s terms, it’s both a road map and a wish list. Far too much has changed in the landscape of Maplewood over the past 2 decades for us to have not already evaluated this pivotal tool. Additionally, I find it ironic that Mr. Greenberg’s concern for the out-of-date nature of this document has taken 14 years of active Council status to surface.
Third, I have chosen to base my campaign on human interaction. The most effective way for residents to get to know ‘Patrick Jugo’ is to interact directly with me.
- I have been circulating through the neighborhoods, distributing my campaign flyer and having personal conversations with any resident that desires the exchange
- I will be a participant at the LWV Candidate Forum at the MRH Theater on Tuesday 3/7 at 7p.
- I have scheduled (2) Meet-n-Greet opportunities, for a casual, in-public opportunity to convene. The first is at Foley’s Tavern on 3/1 from 5-7p and the second is at Saratoga Lanes on 3/10, from 5-7p. These are not fundraisers – just a public, social, yet informal opportunity to acquaint.
- Finally, I am scheduling several ‘coffees’ in the homes of willing hosts, where small groups of residents have an open opportunity to engage
Regardless which candidate ultimately receives your support, I ask that you ALL exercise your right to VOTE on April 4.
Stay True to Our Roots . . . While Planning for the Future.
Editor: Patrick Jugo is running against Barry Greenberg for mayor of Maplewood in the municipal election on April 4. Both will take part in a League of Women Voters-sponsored candidates forum on March 7.