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3/14/2012 9:00:00 AM
Guest column: Set the bar higher for future political campaigns

Greg Bryan

Tusayan Residents -

As I write this I have no idea whether I will still be in office or not when this is printed. What I feel a need to say is true whatever the election results.

We have just gone through some very disturbing and distasteful negative campaigning. Ugly, misleading, disrespectful things have been printed and said about candidates. From anonymous telephone calls making wild and slanderous statements to printed cards and letters questioning people's character have all been used by third parties to tear down a candidate's image and try to get voters to question their qualification for office. It's all wrong and I strongly criticize its use by either side.

My vision of what Tusayan can become as a community is one of respect and the ability for residents to disagree without resorting to slander and name calling. A place where people are willing to run for office and serve their community, without fear of being held up for ridicule. A community that listens for facts and clarity of positions rather than dirt and smear put out on opponents. Our community has been divided by ugly statements and emotional lines that are drawn that will not allow any facts or truths to be heard. Emotions that cause people to lose jobs when exercising the very right that makes America great - the right to vote as you feel and as you believe with no intimidation or harassment. We can heal this divide by not accepting any more of these types of campaign tactics. By telling the authors or their representatives it is no longer acceptable or by returning them without opening them, we can start to make a difference in the political climate of our new town. It will only be through the revulsion of the voters that a change will be possible.

I realize this type of campaigning goes on in other towns and at the state and national levels, but does that make it acceptable? Is it the type of political environment we want to encourage and develop in our community? I pray not. Now is the time to change and set the bar for what we will accept in the future.

Without a change we will discourage our residents from stepping up to serve their community and make it truly a community of residents rather than employees. We need to support our candidates by discussions on their talents and positions, rather than tearing down their opponents. Talk about philosophical differences and experience instead of misleading lawsuits or unrelated issues. We can be different, if we choose to be. A change will set the stage for great things in our community.

If I am not kept in office, thank you for the opportunity to serve you as Mayor and lead this community. I will stay involved as there is still a lot of work to do and we need all the help we can get. Come out and interact with your Council whoever is serving. Hold them accountable. It's your town!


Greg Bryan


Town of Tusayan

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Article comment by: iron horse

So this means you are going to stand up to the powerful international developer and his local partner? Oh yeah, since "they" are your employer, it sure doesn't seem like you side against them since you have everything to gain, or lose, if you do. Your comments about the other side are laughable considering the videos that have been sponsored by Stilo and the Halvorson's. Just get them to answer one question Mr. Mayor, where is the water going to come from? I think you should rename the town Anthem Jr. since the town will have to depend on a water supply that will come from a different part of the state. Hope you are still Mayor when the developer rolls out of town with his pile of cash and leaves all of the residents behind to figure out how to continue the "affordable water supply" in this new paradise. Just like Anthem. You think the negativity has been bad to this point? Just wait, the water wars are just getting started. Unless you are going to be part of the group that rolls out of town with fat cash after the development is done?
What if the developer doesn't live up to his promises?
Can the residents hold you accountable for that?

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Article comment by: Mike Squire

Allegations? There's enough unethical things that have already occurred. Write a letter here detailing all the "win bonuses" and other gifts that you and the City Council have received. Or perhaps you'd be willing to comment on the lawsuits? Changes and irregularities in reporting donations?

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Article comment by: Joey Marley

You're mistaken- the "attacks" on your "win bonuses" aren't meant as "ridicule."

We'd love to see a letter from you (here) describing the background to the financial gains you and other Council members made from Stilo.

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Article comment by: Kandi Vincent

Why not prove yourself by confronting Stilo and removing the Youtube videos?

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Miller

Mayor Bryan-

From your letter- "It's all wrong and I strongly criticize its use by either side."

You can prove you're sincere by publicly denouncing all the (pro Stilo) negative mailings, negative videos on youtube, comments on the various websites, etc.. There's a huge amount of material available for you to address.

We, as citizens, would be more than happy to start addressing the individual comments that we've interpretted as "ugly statements." Perhaps the next Tusayan City Council meeting would be a good start for us to bring this up.

Now's your chance to address this. Methinks that won't be happening.

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