This announcement was released 8/1/07 Takoma Park Mayor Kathy Porter.”
“At last night’s council meeting, I announced that I will not be running for re-election as mayor this fall. I have been mayor for ten years and on the council for nearly seven years before that, and I think that is enough. This has been a difficult decision because I have really loved being mayor. It has been the most challenging and the most rewarding job I have ever had.
“Although I will no longer be mayor after November, I want to assure you that I am not planning to go anywhere. After my term is over, I look forward to many years as a Takoma Park activist.”
Mayor Porter is certainly leaving on a high note (pwning Tucker Carlson on national tv), but Your Gilbert is sad to see her go. Many people, Gilbert included, have misjudged her in the past. In many cases these misjudgements are formed by those who catch only glimpses of her work, as most people do, since hardly anyone in their right sober mind would take the time to observe each and every City Council meeting.
Where were we? Oh, yes. So, those who only see Her Honor on occasion mistake her even handedness and professional dedication for coldness and lack of activist ferver. Having observed city council meets frequently we have seen that she has a mix of compassion, dispassion, and a steely resolve – all in timely proportion.
In particular she has a drive to help others to concensus or compromise, even when the result goes against her own opinion. She is careful to be inclusive, fair, and tolerant – the result of a decade dealing with irate homeowners, livid landlords, ranting rentors, activist wingnuts, crazy people, tonguetied citizens, bullying officials, intimidating lawyers, and everyone else who walks through the council chamber doors with a word to say – or shout. This can be seen in the Tucker Carlson interview, by the way. She handles him the way she would anyone standing at the microphone during Citizen Comment period.
We think she should now run for Prime Minister of England, she’d do brillilantly at those Questions to the Prime Minister sessions in Parliment.
We are sorry to see her go and we worry whether the person who replaces her will do as good a job.
Being Who We Are we also can’t help wondering if she will run for higher office, joining the legion of Takoma Parkians now in county and state offices. It has been noted that (Takoma Parkian) State Senator Jamie Raskin is ambitious and likely to try for higher office soon. That would leave a vacancy.