Job interviews were held last week for city council candidates.
Eleven city council candidates were invited to attend a forum hosted by Indivisible Naperville and seven appeared. Those attending included:
- Patrick Kelly
- Allison Longenbaugh
- Rebecca Malotke-Meslin
- Ashley South
- Ashfaq Syed
- Jodi Trendler
- Madhu Uppal
More importantly, those not attending included:
- Meghna Bansal (out of town on business)
- Nag Jaiswal (other commitment)
- Josh McBroom (did not respond to invitation)
- Nate Wilson (other commitment)
If any candidate thought he could take the night off based on name recognition or an established record, it would have been Naperville councilman Patrick Kelly, but he was there for the ‘job interview’. Good for him, and good for Naperville.
If they can’t make time for the interview, how serious can they be about the job? I understand situations come up that require a change of plans, but plenty of time was available to accommodate the forum. If they can’t carve out time for a candidate forum, can voters rely on them to attend meetings to do the peoples’ business.
In comparison, Mayor Steve Chirico has never missed a city council meeting in eight years! At 20 meetings per year (on the average) that’s 160 meetings without missing one. I’m sure during that period of time he has had to do some re-scheduling to own-up to his priority of doing what he was elected to do, which among other things is being at the meetings. Not only has he never missed a meeting, he has always started meetings on time! Under the former mayor’s leadership, meetings often started 5, 10, or 15 minutes late. Punctuality can be defined as respect for other peoples’ time. Chirico has six meetings remaining, anybody want to bet he’ll be at those meetings, GOD willing, and he’ll start them on time.