Last night, I was one of a select few who opted to participate in Randy Nemecek’s first in a series of townhall style meetings regarding his campaign for Simi Valley. Though not heavily attended due to contraints in marketing and timing, I was glad I went. The next one will almost certainly have more attendees and if this stuff interests you, I highly recommend going.
Randy Nemecek is a very sharp candidate. He enjoyed a lot of success in the financial services industry and is clearly an intelligent man. He’s got a lot of ideas and he’s happy to share them in person, though you can read about them immediately by browsing his website. Randy’s mind is always on the move. He does a lot of thinking, even while answering questions. Short answers with few details are not the norm with Randy. He’s an excellent listener, but he’s also eager to share his thoughts in detail.
I found it refreshing to speak to a challenging candidate who was loaded with ideas and armed with volumes of potential solutions. I did end up walking away with more questions at the end of Randy’s townhall style meetings. While I liked a lot of Randy’s ideas about revitalizing the Simi Valley Town Center Mall, I didn’t hear much about how to successfully implement them. If you read Randy’s website, you’ll get an overview of his ideas on the Mall and you may draw the same conclusions that I did — how and who pays for that? Also, I liked his ideas on financial solvency, but it wasn’t clear to me how he thought the current council was failing and exactly what he would do that was different or better.
In fairness, my unanswered questions are mostly due to running out of time. To really get to know whether or not Randy Nemecek is the right choice for me, I need to spend more time with him. Fortunately, Randy makes that pretty easy. He’ll be holding townhall style meetings every other week at the Simi Valley Town Center mall, so we’ll all have more opportunities to get to know him better.