For eight years I watched John Williams work with the people of Gateway to resolve potential conflicts with the development of the Gateway Canyons Resort. Before Gateway Canyons hired Williams, there was a great deal of conflict in the community and public hearings for the development were lengthy and contentious.
Williams came on board and immediately began listening to the residents to better understand their concerns and to identify potential problems with future projects. He literally went door to door, taking time to hear the concerns of each resident and worked with them to find a solution.
Williams was always respectful in his interactions with the residents. He didn’t take their comments personal and tried to see the situation from their perspective. While some of the residents weren’t happy with all the outcomes, the majority of the residents were, and that was due to the efforts of Williams.
Listening. Working with residents. Seeking win-win solutions. Showing respect. Those are all characteristics that are important in a school board member, and those are the reasons I am supporting Williams for school board.
I’ve never known Williams to be partisan. In fact, until just recently, I didn’t even know his party affiliation. It never mattered to me, because he was always focused on personal property rights, was pro-business and worked diligently to balance the two. Williams and I may not agree on everything, but after eight years in office when I look back, I don’t always agree with myself.
So, if you are looking for a candidate who is in lockstep with 100 percent of your beliefs ... good luck with that. But, if you want a candidate who is thoughtful, positive, solutions-oriented and who listens to the people, then Williams is that guy.