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Brown encourages local involvement in government

Brown encourages local involvement in government

Reprinted from The Friendswood Journal on  Friday, March 2, 2012 8:52am.  Images courtesy of The Friendswood Journal.

By JEFF NEWPHER

Those who attended the recent Friendswood Republican Women’s meeting expecting to hear guest speaker Councilmember Deirdre Brown talk about divisive moments from her time on council were disappointed.

Instead Brown said, “We don’t need to get into those issues,” and exhorted the crowd of politically active citizens, candidates and their surrogates to get involved in government.

“We all have the same interests, right, at the city level? Roads, water, safety, schools, community development. In Friendswood we have a mission, to have the greatest good for the lowest cost,” she said.

“You can ‘trickle up’ good policies by being involved at the local level,” said Brown, who has served almost two years of a three year council term.

“We need better citizenship. We need more people being involved day to day, paying attention to the issues, not just doing what people tell you to do,” she said.

Brown, speaking about the past, said running for office wasn’t in her personal five-year plan.

She said that since her childhood in the Detroit area, if a problem exists, “I’m the one who wants to be there and help fix it.”

The seven year Friendswood resident said, “The best thing I get out of city council is being able to help people.”

In response to a question about the amount of time spent interacting with city staff and the recently imposed limit of two hours per week, Brown said, “Quite frankly I’ve never probably used two hours of city staff time. Nothing that I’ve requested should require two hours of city staff time.”

She said she found the rule “a political move.”

Brown challenged citizens to spend six hours in the next month volunteering in the community by helping or thanking someone.

She concluded by urging the crowd to “Rock the vote, Friendswood.”

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