The Almanac asked candidates for the Woodside Town Council District 3 seat in the Nov. 3, 2015, election to write up to 600 words on why voters should vote for them instead of their opponent. Below is Chris Shaw's response.
My name is Chris Shaw and I am running as a write-in candidate for Woodside Town Council, District 3.
I have been a Woodside resident for 14 years; I am raising my family here, and I intend to spend most, if not all, of my life here.
In my time living in Woodside, I have been very active as a volunteer at Woodside Elementary School, have run the Woodside W-Ball league for six years on behalf of the Recreation Committee, and participated in any number of community events. More importantly, I have taken time to attend a variety of Town committee meetings and Town Council meetings in order to know first-hand what is going on in our community.
A key role of the Town Council is to employ common sense and protect the Town from radical swings of agendas, and to provide consensus leadership that represents all of the interests within the community,
while respecting the rights of all its' citizens, including rights related to property. Nancy Reyering has consistently pursued an invidious agenda which infringes on those property rights.
Nancy Reyering's unopposed candidacy caused widespread concern and consternation throughout Woodside. The decisions she has made and the agenda she has pursued have angered and alienated the community. As I spoke with more and more people I realized it was time to step in and provide an alternative: a thoughtful, well-balanced voice of reason and common sense. My campaign has tapped into years of pent-up frustration and anger that has resulted in a town-wide grassroots effort on my behalf, yet completely outside of my control. Within the first 4 hours of my declaration, I had received calls from three current Town Council members welcoming my candidacy and endorsing me.
Thus far the central theme of the District 3 race has centered on property rights and the use of one of the most polarizing committees in Woodside to further individual agendas; however, let us not forget that there are other important areas of concern.
How do we balance the needs of the equestrian community with the cyclists living in and visiting Woodside for their hobby? How do we deal with the increasingly deteriorating infrastructure of Woodside? How do we safely move a growing number of vehicles on the roads while increasing the safety of pedestrians and children?
Government and those that serve within it are accountable to all the citizenry, businesses, and their varying interests. Government must facilitate the growth of economic and social wealth for all of those that elect it. It must protect the rights of all citizens whether generational or recent arrivals. Government shall be the audience of the electorate and the voice of common sense.