The best part of running for City Council is talking to people. It's cliché but true.
Campaigns put you into this weird little bubble, a strange place where your daily conversations are from people around you, nudging, pointing, helping. And you can't run a campaign without them, because doing this on your own, well, that's a path to insanity.
Outside that bubble, in the real world, are the people who just want someone to hear them.
These are the people who can't make it to meetings because they're working. They don't write letters to the editor because they're busy. They don't post comments online because they overwhelmed with rowdy kids or late dinners or broken cars.
But they have opinions and aspirations and hopes, and when you knock on their doors during a campaign they'll tell you all about them.
This is where wisdom lies. I certainly have definitive ideas of where Amarillo needs to go and what we can build to make us vital and strong and wonderful. When I listen to these people, people who are kind and generous with their time and passionate about their stories, I understand there's a deeper desire of every single person I've talked to.
People in Amarillo want growth. They want better restaurants. They want things to do. They want to boast about how living here is terrific.
But they also want a clean city, roads that don't fall apart, safety. They want to live where their city handles its business professionally, quickly, and almost invisibly.
Almost every single person has told me they don't want to go to city council meetings. They expect the people they vote for to just take care of it.
This is the wisdom from the campaign trail. People don't want lectures. They want someone to hear them and then get to work.
I'm ready for that work.