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As someone who was elected to the County Council and served a four-year term, I am an unwavering supporter of representative government. People elect leaders with the hope that they will always act competently and in the best interest of the citizens. When that occurs, we enjoy representative government at its finest. When it doesn’t occur, however, a community can potentially suffer disastrous and enduring consequences.
My experience on the County Council taught me several things:
• that council members are not infallible or even necessarily above average in their critical thinking or brainstorming skills;
• that the groupthink environment that comes from serving on a highly cohesive council does not always lead to the best decisions;
• and that the highly insular nature of relying almost exclusively on Los Alamos County staff members or their hand-picked, contracted “experts,” many of whom do not even live in our community, often leaves County Council members relatively clueless about the actual desires of the majority of the citizens they serve.
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