Unlike her fellow candidates for San Antonio’s Mayor, Trish DeBerry-Mejia tells SA4Mayor.com she is not a professional politician and explains why the job, if she gets it, won’t be a stepping stone for her.
Travis, thats a good question. The issue I have with a career politician is that a politician’s goal is self-preservation. When I say that I mean they are are out to get elected on vague promises, then they give excuses once elected about those promises, then make promises again to either keep the job through a re-election or move up in the world. I think you see this with Cibrian who has a philosophy of “up or out” which means get elected at a higher office or stop the politics–that’s a politician. And then you have Julian who is a very polished politician offering very passionate but very vague promises. Those are easy to sell down the line for a re-election or for a higher position.
Then you have Trish Deberry-Mejia. She does not have the career politician of “up or out” and that is what makes her the right choice. As she says in her conversation above, Deberry-Mejia is running to be mayor and move the city forward for her term using the skill sets she has used to grow a very successful small business (like her ingenious incubator proposal at the debates), and then she will return back to her business afterwards. She is looking to be a Mayor for San Antonio, looking out for San Antonio’s interests. A career candidate is looking to be Mayor in order to be a higher office and will only look out for their own interests–meaning getting that next political gig.
I’ve heard that being a career politician is a negative. What are some of those negatives as pertains to San Antonio and why would a non-career politician be better for the city of San Antonio?
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