Woke up this morning with a special kind of determination.
Maybe it's because it's Memorial day weekend & I am humbled by those that sacrificed their lives so that I could stand up for what I believe in & continue the fight in front of us.
Maybe it's because our utility provider decided to put my name inside every household again through his newsletter in hopes that he would knock me off my game or intimidate me.
I really don't know what it is, but there's a special kind of fire burning inside of me and it feels awesome!
As I look back on my time in this community, I KNOW deep down in my soul that every decision I have made over the last 10 years has been for the betterment of this community because I LOVE this community. I didn't do it for money. I didn't do it for recognition. I didn't do it for a title. Some of you have liked my decisions and others have not. Some of you have been supportive and others have been down right nasty. I've made tough decisions, stood my ground, and even though at times I may have felt knocked down, I stood back up and I continue moving forward. Why? Because San Tan Valley is worth fighting for.
I used to laugh when people referred to me as "Ms San Tan Valley" - but now I wear that as a badge of honor. I am proud of the work that has been done. I am driven to continue moving forward because we continue to make progress ... it may feel like baby steps at times, but baby steps are still steps forward and every one of them counts. I am inspired by those of you that have stepped up to fight for a cause, those of you who have lent a hand when needed or even the feel good stories of those of you silently paying for someone's meal or coffee or returning a lost phone or wallet. We have an amazing community filled with people who are making decisions because it is the right thing to do - not for fame, fortune, popularity, or recognition. You've fought, struggled, felt beaten down at times but persevered and that perseverance will change our future.
I'm going to be spending this weekend reflecting on our past and preparing for our future and I'd like to ask all of you to do me a favor. As all of you gather this weekend with friends and family, take a moment to remember our fallen soldiers who gave it all so that we could make it better. Then think about what you want San Tan Valley to look like. Think about how you can make it better. What does San Tan Valley look like "fixed" and then let's come together and fix it. It won't be easy and yes we have some uphill battles, but anything worth having is worth fighting for and we should all believe that San Tan Valley is worth fighting for.