Hi, I am Brian Buddell and I am running for Clayton City Council in November.
Having friends who have lived in Clayton for decades, I have long been familiar with the small-town charm, values and safety of Clayton.
Based on that familiarity, my family and I moved here a little over three years ago to adopt Clayton as our home town and to make it a permanent part of our life.
Unfortunately, a threat has recently emerged to our special little city.
Within the past year-and-a-half, our current City Council has passed ordinances which: a) Allow an increase in high-density housing; and b) Provide a path for parolee housing within our city limits—some within 1000’ feet of our schools and child daycares. Our City Council also entered into an exclusive sale agreement for a downtown lot which, had it moved forward, would have negatively changed the character of our quaint downtown area forever—all for money. Significantly, all of the above was done over the loud objections of an overwhelming majority of Clayton residents.
This must stop. It’s time for our City Council to start listening to the people of Clayton and to start making the safety and protection of the Clayton we love as its #1 priority.
As a City Council Member, I will do just that—even if it means taking on the State, County or any other entity which may threaten our community. Our city, citizens and way of life are far too wonderful to accept anything less.
If elected, you can count on me to deliver the following:
- Information: Through various means, I will keep you well-informed about proposals that will significantly change our city and/or way of life so that your voices can be heard BEFORE a decision is made.
- TWO-Way Communication: I will host regular town hall meetings and other get-togethers that give citizens a forum to air their concerns that is more than a 3-minute presentation at a City Council meeting. During these get-togethers, I will listen to ALL concerns and provide whatever answers and insight I can. I will also respond to your emails. No holds barred, if it is a concern to you (no matter how big or small), I want to hear about it.
- Representation: The primary job description of an elected official is to uphold the will of the people. If elected, I will vote as you tell me to vote–not just however I feel like.
- Freedom from Outside Influence: Unlike current City Council Members, as both a candidate and Council Member, I will not accept campaign contributions or donations from individuals, businesses, developers or organizations outside of Clayton. Such entities will not always have Clayton’s best interest in mind and I certainly do not want to owe them a “debt” or a favor.
Simply put, our city and way of life is being threatened—but it’s not too late to change that. I’m asking for your vote in November to help make that change.
In the coming weeks, I will provide further information about me and my candidacy through various means. I will also be inviting all candidates to participate in a public debate well before the election so that our respective positions can be presented and vetted–however, for now, should you have ANY questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at brianbuddellforcitycouncil@gmail. Similarly, if you happen to run into me around town, please feel free to say “Hi” and/or let me know what is on your mind.
Thanks for reading and, again, I hope to have your vote and support on November 6.