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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012, 3:21 P.M.

Interview With Mayor Sandi Bloem

  • Question: What do you think of the recall announcement today?
  • Sandi Bloem: We were informed earlier so I wasn't surprised. I've been hearing rumors for several months. They have the right to do that.
  • Question: What do you plan to do at this point?
  • Bloem: I plan to do just what I would be doing whether the petition had been filed or not. I will continue working with the staff and the community to hopefully make this a great place to live.
  • Question: Are you disheartened that a recall effort is under way not only against you but three fairly respected members of the council?
  • Bloem: I'm disappointed because this is divisive for the community. For me personally, I would be very selfish if I was disappointed in the 11 years I've been able to serve this community. It has been an incredible opportunity and I would do it again in a heart beat.
  • Question: Do you think that Frank Orzell & Co, who filed the recall papers today, speak for the community?
  • Bloem: They speak for a portion of the community. They have surrounded themselves with others who think like they do. I'm sure they don't speak for the community as a whole. No one does that.
  • Question: Would you do anything differently re: your approach to McEuen Field upgrade?
  • Bloem: No, not as far as hiring the amazing team we have (Team McEuen) and the approach of the advisory group and community meetings. I would change the way the message was delivered to some degree. I would try to communicate what was happening before untruths and rumors took the lead.
  • Question: Will this recall effort cause qualified people in the community to take a pass on public elected office?
  • Bloem: I think it will play a part in stopping people from running. The lack of civility at times & lack of respect for differing opinions, along with this effort, will make people think twice before they decide to put their name in the hat.



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