Wednesday, January 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Maywood Trustee Mike Rogers, who was elected in 2013 while running with the Maywood United Party, confirmed his intention to withdraw his bid for a second term in the upcoming April 4, 2017 elections in a statement released today.
It had been widely speculated for weeks that Rogers might withdraw. He had filed nominating papers and had successfully secured a place on the ballot, running as a member of the Maywood United Party, before making today’s announcement. So far, it has not been confirmed who the party will select to replace Rogers.
Below is his full statement:
My Thoughts on Ballot Withdrawal
I feel I have a lot of versatility based on a range of competencies and experience.
My true interest is in applying those competencies towards building things up, making improvements, fixing things and inspiring others to do similarly. That’s why I became a professional architect, putting those features into practice for nearly 35 years. That is also the essence of why I have frequently been asked to serve in the various roles locally and across the country. I have accepted several such roles.
The first public official role was way back in 1995. I consider myself each time to be taking a turn in contributing my time and skills to enhance the community. I don’t think of it as a career. My interest is NOT and never has been politically based. Its service based. There are certain things, but ONLY certain things that heavily involve elected or appointed roles as it stands. There are many more things, impactful things, that are heavily situational or circumstantial. Some of the situations, circumstances and conditions may create significant barriers, often unnecessary barriers, to community growth and progress, especially within political frameworks. Our community must insist on growth through putting competencies, credentials, capabilities, character, skills, talents, experience and resources over favoritism and politics.
I really favor service, roles, and a spirit that truly embraces progress for progress’ sake and leverages competencies to that end. I believe there is always a need and a place for that. So I will continue to think of and conceive multiple ways to achieve results, as architects do naturally. That is what works for me in the times ahead …. especially with my current personal goals and my desire to really try to enjoy 2017 much more, this being the second year of my retirement.