Questionnaires

As promised, the links below provide access to the sets of written questions posed by the named organizations along with the responses submitted by Candidate Mark Geduldig-Yatrofsky:

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Thoughts on Questionnaires

Over the past few days, I have been thinking about, writing out, and revising my answers to a pair of very interesting candidate questionnaires I received this week. For many years the Hampton Roads Realtors Association and Portsmouth Education Association PAC have posed to candidates for local office questions of particular concern to their members. On dispatching the finished documents, I feel much the way I did at the equivalent point in writing term papers for my history classes: intellectually drained but initially relieved to have completed the task. What follows the relief, though, is anxiety — how will the professor assess my work? Nonetheless, doing that work has intrinsic rewards. I receive insight into what issues matter most to certain segments of my constituency, and I have a chance to ponder issues that I might not have considered on my own. Whether I “pass the audition” or not, I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from the experience. When I take my seat on council next January, that knowledge will help me be a better representative of all the people.

As I have done with my financial reports, I will be posting the questions I have received along with my responses on the campaign web site. They will appear later this month after I have completed the followup interviews. The public deserves to know whether my issue positions as stated to one audience align with those presented to another. Recognizing that I may be deviating from established political practice, I am guided, nonetheless, by Polonius’s famous admonition to Laertes: “This above all- to thine own self be true, / And it must follow, as the night the day, / Thou canst not then be false to any[one].” Whether or not someone likes a particular position of mine, i believe the public deserves a truthful statement of what it is.