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Letter to the Editor

Posted 10/25/22

Dear Editor;

I have been a part of McKenzie’s community since 2006. I am a 2007 Bethel University graduate. I have served as an appointee to the McKenzie City Council for 1.5 years and have enjoyed being a part of a great group of individuals that seek to improve McKenzie every day.

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Letter to the Editor

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Dear Editor;
I have been a part of McKenzie’s community since 2006. I am a 2007 Bethel University graduate. I have served as an appointee to the McKenzie City Council for 1.5 years and have enjoyed being a part of a great group of individuals that seek to improve McKenzie every day.

As election day approaches, I cannot help but think about what a great responsibility we have to elect a mayor and council members to serve our community. Electing someone to serve goes beyond how likable or popular an individual is, but places emphasis in the capability of leadership and decision making that yields benefits to our community. Which leads me to these questions: Who do you want in your corner fighting for you and your rights? Someone that you like or someone that has the ability to fight? I lean towards the latter.

In my lifetime, I have hired and helped move individuals to a position of success. But one thing remains with me through it all. I will not place someone in a position of failure, it is my responsibility to look at resumes and understand where they can be successful. Not all that want to become Mayor of McKenzie or Council Members have the capability to do so, and that is ok, as there are other ways to serve McKenzie.

When you have a $5,000,000 budget, 55 employees and 5,329 citizens, would you place someone in charge that will have restricted time to dedicate to manage these areas or that has no experience in management? It is my hope that you would choose someone that can and has effectively managed these areas.

I have made a career out of performance improvement in healthcare. But similar to healthcare, our success in life is delineated by consistency of input into any system that will then give you consistent results and further analysis of opportunities for improvement. McKenzie has experienced progress and who we vote for will determine whether that progress continues or stops.

Voting is personal and a private decision, but I can openly say that I will be voting for experience and knowledge as I consider it a benefit to McKenzie. Jill has demonstrated the ability to lead and move us forward, and I have complete confidence that progress will continue as it is vital to incentivize our children and young adults to stay in our community.

I urge you to not be pressured to vote for someone based on your personal relationships, but rather take advantage that your choice is yours alone. Vote in November based on facts and experience and continue to move McKenzie forward.

Josefina Batton, RN, MSN-HCSM, LSSGBC
Council member

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