On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series)

“The person who sees the difficulties so clearly that he does not discern the possibilities cannot inspire a vision in others.”
― J. Oswald Sanders

Looking at our community through the eyes of Mayor Hodge, one can clearly see difficulties.

The broken relationship with Monte Anderson.
“Three new Councilmembers teaming up with another Councilmember to take control of the Council”.
“A certain group of people with special interests want to have total control”
“The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)”
“Many voters in Duncanville not spending the time it takes to be knowledgeable about how the City is run”.

Looking at our community through the eyes of Mayor Hodge, what are the possibilities?

All I have seen from her since I have been a Councilmember is gridlock and anger.

Gridlock, anger and personal vendettas should not be the vision for Duncanville.

Here’s the good news: It’s time to trade up!

Think about it.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series)

“Great leadership involves three things. The ability to realize when you are wrong, a willingness to learn from it, and an eagerness to change course if necessary.”
― Jeffrey Fry

The following question was recently asked to Mayor Deborah Hodge: “Why is there so much negativity in the news about the Duncanville City Council and what can be done to fix it?”
Here is her answer:
“Much of the negativity is occurring because a certain group of people, with special interests, want to have total control and are intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. They also act like they are above the law when it comes to following our Charter and State Statues”.

Really?

The Council has invited the firm of Locke, Lord to verify that the behavior of the Council over the past two years is consistent with the Duncanville City Charter.

Mayor Deborah Hodge voted against this effort.

Why would she not take advantage of the opportunity to prove true what she claims….(1) her own integrity and (2) expose the actions of “the certain group of people (who) act like they are above the law when it comes to following our charter”?

DUNCANVILLE VOTER: Maybe Mrs. Hodge doesn’t want you to know the truth.

Think about it.

On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series)

“A surrendered heart leads to greatness. A stubborn heart leads to struggle.”
― Todd Stocker

The following question was recently asked to Mayor Deborah Hodge: “Why is there so much negativity in the news about the Duncanville City Council and what can be done to fix it?”
Here is her answer:
“Much of the negativity is occurring because a certain group of people, with special interests, want to have total control and are intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them. They also act like they are above the law when it comes to following our Charter and State Statues”.

The question I’d like to ask is: How does Mrs. Hodge view the results of the May 2013 election?

Here’s what happened: The two incumbents that faithfully supported her direction was both defeated with over 60% of the vote in both races. I personally ran on a platform for change and was elected over 2 previous city councilmembers, winning a clear majority of the vote in a 4 person race.

So how is the change called for by the community in 2013 working out for the Mayor? Look at her answer above….that’s why there is gridlock and negativity on the City Council.

Change is the enemy and is being treated as such (by her).

“When you don’t see nothing wrong in anything you do, then you are doing everything wrong.”
― Richmond Akhigbe

Think about it.

Questions And Answers From District 2

Patrick Harvey:

Responsible and responsive. Someone who will actively represent the District 2 community.

Originally posted on Steven E. Rutherford, CPA:

Dear Steven,

We received your card and letter.I would like to know more about your platform.

If you would had been on the council would you have voted for or against the recent settlement of the lawsuit?

Why did you decide to run again our current councilman?

Thank you for your email and questions about my reasons for running for City Council in Duncanville.  I am sure that you are not the only citizen in District 2 that would like to have these questions answered.

I have been a small business owner in Duncanville for over 20 years.  One of the things that I have learned is that as a business you are going to lose some of your customers each year for a multitude of reasons.  Some of these you could do nothing about.  The key to growth is to continually get new customers each year to replace those…

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On Leadership in Duncanville (A Continuing Series)

“[Nicodemus] ‘Magistra DeVega, can I ask for your help?’

[DeVega] ‘You can ask,’ she said with her usual calmness, ‘but the clerics haven’t developed a cure for death by idiotic leadership.”
Blake Charlton

With your help perhaps the May election can cure what the clerics cannot.

Think about it.