With the Oakland Mills village election fast approaching, it important to revisit (briefly) the role of the Village Board.
In the view of this author, if one wishes to advocate on behalf of their neighbors, via service on the volunteer board of directors of a community association, it is best if one is – in word and deed – neighborly.
I have seen several village boards in action, and it strikes me that the Board members who demonstrate a certain generosity of spirit as well a dedication to their entire village are the ones who are best equipped to fulfill the service mission of their community association.
With that in mind, I believe that returning Bill Woodcock and Marcia White to the Oakland Mills Village Board would represent a move in the right direction. Both are experienced community activists, are highly knowledgeable about local issues, and care deeply about Oakland Mills.
I don’t know Daniel Kirk-Davidoff personally, but I’ve heard positive feedback from trusted sources on his qualifications. His candidate statement includes some thoughtful solutions (which is tough to do in a couple of hundred words or less). Finally, Fred Eiland's background as a Community Organizer, and former Board Member, provides respectable credentials for another term on the Board.
I encourage all of my OM readers to mark their ballots for White, Woodcock, Kirk-Davidoff and Eiland in the April 25 election. More information about the election can be found here: http://oaklandmills.org/?page_id=136.
Stay tuned, as more will follow.