We Don't Know What the Next Disaster Will Be
We don't know what our next crisis will be as a town. However, we can be agile and flexible and ready to meet the moment. So I prize being flexible. This means having the ability to change one's mind based on emerging facts, law changes and new discoveries. It is traditional to think of politicians who change their position as being wishy-washy or weak-minded.
However, we have seen recently it is weak-minded politicians who cannot embrace facts and change their mind. For example, some politicians refused to advocate mask-wearing as evidence mounted that it was beneficial in reducing the effects of COVID-19.
I cannot predict the future, but I can say that I will be flexible to adapt to new requirements of town government as they emerge. At the start of my career I had 14 addresses in 15 years and had to live in many different neighborhoods and cultures, so honed an ability to adapt quickly to new environments.
Angela Hey is a candidate for Portola Valley Town Council. She is an experienced technology marketing consultant who serves nonprofits, as a volunteer.