by Marion Marks
When a candidate for public office speaks, what they say and how they say it creates either positive energy or the opposite. The environment the next set of elected leaders embodies must be a “Will Do” attitude that demands the completion of tasks currently unresolved of stuck because political gridlock in government plaza has been like a rudderless ship. [Video of Forum]
Observing the candidates at the forum August 26th at Southwood High School should have been rewarding to citizens in terms of what appears to be a “Will Do” approach.Yet proof will only matter when and if the elected mayor builds a coalition with the city council and city workers to make things better for citizens.
Candidates who speak to voters create an aura with their voice and body language; the energy they emit becomes either a positive or negative factor in voter perception. Voters, either subconsciously or not, become mesmerized by consistent positive energy or turned off by the negative vibes.
Those around us who encourage us through their “Can Do? or “Will Do”approach create an environment for success and a comfort level for those who seek change. Negativity, along with the desire to cover or evade detection, gives a feeling of discomfort to citizens who are already uncomfortable with city leadership.
I can only hope that more voters listen, study the issues and history of the candidates and by election day the distinctions become clearer. Shreveport needs leadership and a “Will Do” attitude, and the time to do it is NOW!