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Another Endorsement!!

I’ve received another important endorsement. This time it came from the UMD Student Government Association’s former president Jonathan Sachs.

In a guest column to the DiamondBack ‘Change in council’, Jonathan writes:

As the Student Government Association city council liaison, I have attended almost every city council  meeting since last semester. Because I have followed the council so closely, I think it is important to give you insight into the candidates you will be casting votes for today at the polls.

..Kabir has big shoes to fill on the council. His predecessor, Jonathan Molinatto, understood the student perspective on city issues, and Kabir is the most promising person to continue that legacy.

Thank you Jonathan for extending this important endorsement. Yes, if elected, I’ll continue Jonathan (Molinatto)’s legacy in addressing student / resident issues in the council.

Congratulations to Patrick Wojahn for sharing the endorsement with me in our district.

Earlier I blogged how to close the gap between the UMD students and the city residents. Please read that blog here:

http://www.kabir2009.org/bridging-gap-betw-um-students-residents/

Sample Ballot

voteXBased on the description I’ve received from the City’s election office, here is a sample format how a ballot paper will look like in tomorrow’s election. I’ve listed the council candidates by their last names.

There will be a sample ballot posted inside the poll.  Anyone with a question should ask one of the Judges to explain it.

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Mark the ballot with an “X”

MAYOR

Vote for 1

[ ] Andrew M. Fellows
COUNCIL – DISTRICT 1

Vote for 2

[] Lawrence R. Bleau

[] Jeffery S. Gomoljak

[] S. M. Fazlul Kabir

[] Christine L. Nagle

[] Patrick L. Wojahn

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Staying Close to the Neighbors

neighborsStaying close to the neighbors is fun.

In the past two months or so, I had this opportunity to knock almost every door in the neighborhood and meet my neighbors. Not only I had a chance to introduce myself as a candidate, I had this opportunity to talk a lot about the issues that matter them the most. I hope to continue building this important neighborly relationship in the coming days and months.

This current blog that I started not so long ago, also opened a great window to come in touch with my neighbors. The hundreds of hits that my blog’s statistics is showing are not merely numbers, but they also signify one important thing – connectedness with my neighbors. I much appreciate everyone who took the time to visit this blog and find more about me and our neighborhood issues.

A blog like this can offer an important vehicle for the folks who have assumed public offices – and that is the matter of ‘transparency’. Too often, our elected officials make decisions on the matters of their constituencies, yet only a few of the residents know about such decisions and the reasons for making such decisions. They rarely get a chance to discuss those issues before or after such decisions are made. A blog with a discussion forum can bridge such gaps between the citizens and their elected officials.

In the coming weeks and months, I’d like to stay close to my neighbors through this blog. I hope to bring important information about our city to my neighbors and have a friendly dialogue going. And this I hope will bring them closer.

Let’s stay in touch.