“Peace and individual betterment are universal purposes. They are at the heart of the American dream.”
Ronald Reagan, Homecoming and Birthday
Celebration in Dixon, Ill., Feb. 6, l984
An Often Asked Question
Now that I have (7) months under my belt, I am often asked the question, “So what’s it like being on City Council; are you enjoying it?”
My days are busy, but I am enjoying every minute of it. Besides helping people out, every day brings new learning which helps me to increase any understanding and execution of lay responsibilities.
A typical non-council meeting week for me includes two to three meetings at City Hall working with staff on various projects, attending 1 or 2 off site meetings which always results in followup with City staff, an early morning coffee or breakfast with a constituent, etc., etc. Over the last month two other Council members and myself conducted two days of interviews for the various vacancies on boards, commissions and committees. I try my best to attend the monthly Wake Up Newport Meetings and Speak Up Newport. The monthly NB Chamber Government Affairs Committee Meeting is a “must attend” for me. Representing the City at the Wooden Boat Festival, attending the Ensign Middle School Character Counts Awards, and the NHHS Jazz Concert, and serving on several committees that have to do with water quality and watershed are also on my calendar.
Council Meeting weeks start on the Thursday before with the delivery of the agenda packet. Depending on the number of agenda items, it can take one to three days to read through all staff reports, check in with staff if I have any questions, and reach out to constituents to learn more about the impact of proposals. I was recently elected by the City Selection Committee (a group of mayors throughout Orange County) to represent our City on the Airport Land Use Commission, so I am now a Commissioner as well as a councilman!
First Post-Election Fund Raising Event
With the election being just seven (7) months in the rear view mirror, believe it or not, it is time to begin looking forward to the 2020 Election season. I will be holding my first post-election and Herdman for City Council 2020 fund raiser at the end of this month. The specific date is Sunday, June 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the home of Debra and Barry Allen. I am so appreciative of the Allen’s offering their home for this event. Good food, good company, and an update from me will be on the agenda.
Please visit my website at www.jeff.herdman.com for more details on this event. I hope to see many of you there!
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