In 2005 you believed in me and now again in 2016. This is truly one of the single most important moments of my life, and the gratitude I feel toward all who made it possible, is beyond measure. I will forever remember, and have my efforts informed and inspired by the knowledge, that I would not be where I am today, were it not for the residents of West Park. No man or woman is an island within themselves . . . and no one rises to leadership without being lifted to such heights by those around them. Such is the moral of my story.
Along the path back to this office, I have seen the faces, heard the hopes, felt the disappointments, and found myself deeply moved by the dreams of the people in our city. I carry those personal encounters close to my heart and will use the office you have given me to make a positive difference in the lives of all I can. For today, I am the recipient of a sacred gift – a gift of the public’s trust, and its collective hopes for a brighter future. I assure you, I take neither that gift, nor its attendant responsibilities lightly. I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to each and every one of you. This is your victory. And I know you didn’t do this just to win an election. And I know you didn’t do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead and your desire to make West Park great!
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as your community servant. And we know the government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. My door will always be open. I started out listening and will continue to listen to you, especially when we disagree.
Yes we proclaimed we wanted to finish what we started. But this victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It can’t happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice. So let us summon a new spirit of a village mentality, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other. Where each of us firmly understands that the eyes of the future are looking back at us and praying for us to see beyond our own time. This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.
I ask you to join me on this journey. Join me in dedicating ourselves to the causes of equity and community, creativity and inspiration, growth and prosperity. Join me in resolving the challenges that have been holding us back for far too long. I ask you to join me, as your servant leader, as I lead you with integrity. Join me as we bridge the gap in our community so every resident feels welcomed, appreciated, involved and respected. Join me in ensuring that we are open for business yet we are also business friendly and most important we are consistently constituent friendly.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, I too have been to that mountaintop and I’ve looked over and seen the strength of West Park and our future looks very bright. It’s bright because I see Carver Ranches, Utopia, Lake Forest, Twin Lakes, Miami Gardens, the religious community, business owners, law enforcement, youth, millennials, and senior citizens all working together toward one goal- to keep our city a beautiful, progressive and safe place to live. A place we can all call home and be proud of. That’s the kind of city I believe we are destined to become. Now that you have given me your vote of confidence, I need your continued support, your help, everyone working together and with hard work, we’ll get there. Our time is now. Our destiny is now! Let’s go West Park. Let’s finish what we’ve started!