Updated: Apr 3, 2022
What does this mean? How does this apply to being the Sheriff?
For me, throughout my career as a law enforcement leader, there has been a consistent feeling and observation that we need more community involvement. There have been countless meetings (virtual and in person) where I've heard, "You know who should be here?" or "Was __________ invited?" or " Has __________ been spoken to about this?".
As I started researching running for Sheriff, I came across the name Shirley Chisholm. She was a determined and accomplished woman who pioneered several firsts in her political career. As I started looking at more articles and websites about her, I came across this quote:
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” - Shirley Chisholm
With Shirley's quote in mind, plus my own feelings and observations, the short statement, "join me at the table" was created. Unlike Shirley's experiences, you do not need to bring a chair; it is already at the table, and you are invited. I need you and your thoughts, input, and views. Together we can accomplish so much more.
You can learn more about Shirley Chisholm here (Shirley Chisholm (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) and the “A Seat at the Table” exhibit here (https://www.bringyourownchair.org/)