Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Now the work begins....

The election is over.

Here is hoping that the new Board and President can get along and bring trust back to King Farm.

No more whisper campaigns. Confront people directly and conversationally. If we can't do at least that with the six people on the Board and President, what kind of example do we set?

Vague allegations and innuendo and hurt feelings should be things of the past. I would hope we aren't still driven by defensiveness or anger over the election results. 

The Board should set a good example. Especially the officers - such as the Chairman. 

Here is hoping that we turn the page, restore trust and that we try to live up to the promises we all made to King Farm and its residents.

That seems like the least we can do.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Vote Today in King Farm!

Today is the day. Make it count. Vote and then tell your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Vote Sunday April 8th
10:00 - 2:00
Saddle Ridge Community Center

Vote for President and Board of Trustees candidates

Get out, drop off your ballot or fill one out right there. It is simple, easy and it makes a difference. Make your voice heard! The HOA needs to know that people care about what is happening.

We need new people on the Board and for President.

- Barry Jacksion For King Farm Trustee

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Vote on Sunday April the 8th!

I hope every person who is eligible to vote in King Farm is able to do so.

Whoever you vote for, rather than listening to whispers - I hope you read up or talk to them about issues and about what they want to do for King Farm.

We have some excellent people who have put themselves forward to volunteer for the community. Yes, we have a sharp difference of opinion and some criticism of how the HOA has been functioning, but at the end of the day we all want the same thing - to have the HOA function smoothly and effectively and for you.

Please vote tomorrow - Sunday April the 8th from 10:00 - 2:00 at the Saddle Ridge Community Center.

You have a choice for President and Board of Trustees (four candidates vying for three seats). Vote your choices (I know who mine are).

And then stay involved. The best way to ensure that HOA does in fact do better is to be involved. Volunteer for the Budget Committee, the External Affairs committee, the Election committtee and others. Volunteer for (hopefully) improving communications or bring up other ideas (I've heard some talk about looking at and overhauling our Bylaws).

The bottom line - King Farm can be better. But to get there it needs involved people.

Friday, April 6, 2018

To Publish The Election Results or Not....

Honestly, I can't think of a reason not to publish the results of an election.

That said, if the HOA won't do it - come to the annual meeting, listen to the results, write them down and disseminate them.

Then in the future we can make sure that everyone's expectations are that vote totals will be published.

But honestly, there is a lot of stuff to fix in the King Farm elections and piublishing or not publishing the results is a pretty minor issue.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Vote April 8th - Barry Jackson For King Farm Trustee

Vote Sunday April 8th - from 10:00 - 2:00.

Or vote early - take your ballot & envelope anytime to the Saddle Ridge Community Center.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Home Stretch....

It seems like this King Farm election has gone on forever.... even though it has only been a couple about a month.

I want to bring a sunlight to King Farm as well as bring a fresh face and ask some tough questions. 

The platform I ran on is the same one that I am running on - fiscal accountability, clear communication, civility and transparency. 

Throughout this campaign these are the things I have have brought up. 

The last couple of weeks have seen a rise of rumors and innuendo the likes of which disappoint me in their vitriol. 

But whatever. I guess when you have nothing else you resort to whispers and twisting the facts. 

Here is my truth:

If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be accountable.
If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be civil.
If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be communicative.
If I am on the Board, I'll do my best to be transparent. 

And if I am on the Board, I will do my best to change King Farm's HOA so that it has better communication, is more transparent, is more civil and has better fiscal oversight.

I think King Farm's HOA needs a change in its attitude. The HOA isn't your own personal playhouse. It is a residents' organization. I fear that many in the HOA have forgotten that - I want to bring it back. If you give me your vote, I will be your voice.

King Farm can be better.

On Sunday I am voting for 3 candidates for Board of Trustees-

Barry Jackson (of course)
Nancy Paul
Richard Riccardi 

We need as many people as possible with little or no baggage from the prior actions of the HOA. 

We need to turn the page

Over $300,000 was stolen from 2012-2017 from the King Farm HOA. The former employee responsible was prosecuted and convicted, yet you might not have heard anything from the HOA.

Residents deserve to know - it is your money after all. We need to turn the page on the old way of doing things.

King Farm Can Do Better. Its time for a fresh approach.

Vote for three candidates for change -

- Barry Jackson for Board of Trustees
- Nancy Paul for Board of Trustees
- Richard Riccardi for Board of Trustees

Vote April 8. From 10:00 - 2:00

 That's who I'm voting for anyway.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

On Facebook and The Fear Of The New

I have a lot of ideas - on communications, on cleaning up King Farm's elections, on volunteerism, and on having a management company versus being independent. I have heard that some people in and around the HOA are whispering about my use of a neighborhood Facebook group to talk about my campaign - which is also on a Facebook Page and on Blogger. I just want to clarify my position on electioneering and that online space.

First - I think that elections are really important and should be talked about. And the more local the more they should be talked about in groups where people in the community gather.

Second, I think that most every candidate is represented on the group - myself, Tom, Nancy, David and perhaps Martin. I am not sure if Ric or Martin even have a Facebook profile (if they don't they are smart), but if so they're welcome to join if they want to. Post your campaign post - people want to hear you. What you stand for, what you believe. They want to debate and ask questions - they want to be heard. Some of the candidates are making use of this Facebook group - to debate or post their own platform, whatever. I think that is wonderful. Or get someone to post for you, saying, "This post is for XXXX. I'm posting it for them." It truly isn't that hard.

Third, this whisper campaign is exactly what I have been talking about. We need to explore new options for reaching out and engaging others instead of complaining or saying, "it's never been done before." Just because someone doesn't like a forum or is uncomfortable in it - isn't a reason to try to attack that forum.

I'll let you guys in on a little secret. I don't like to talk in public. Since my stroke, I've recovered quite a bit, but I think I'm not always clear and don't come across well or particularly articulate. And I like to talk with my hands.... I never realized how much you communicate with your hands. But I went to the Candidate Forum and spoke. And I recorded it and put it online - via Facebook, my Barry For King Farm Trustee Page, my blog and I offered it to the King Farm website because it was the right thing to do. It wasn't edited or altered in any way. It was another outlet to be heard and be asked questions and I would have been foolish to pass it up or try to cancel it because I didn't want to do it.

Fourth, this isn't the only forum in King Farm. I'm not naive enough to think that this election is going to be decided by a few people on Facebook or by sending out a few emails. I'm out taking to people, letting them know where I stand and inviting feedback and ideas. From the list serv to Board meetings to parties, coffeeshops, Fontina and other places there are plenty of places to engage and talk to people. I'm using every option I can because I want residents of King Farm to know where I stand and to be able to ask me the difficult questions.

So, I plan to keep linking to posts of mine that I think are interesting or noteworthy.... like this one. And hopefully the other candidates will do the same. And hopefully you will either read, engage or ignore them - because there is only 1 week until it is all over and we go back to posting about kittens and swim teams and egg hunts. I for one can't wait.

I'll start early -

On the "Kicking Kids Off The Swim Team" Language

I've been thinking about the post that I put up, and the language I used about "kicking kids off the swim team." I actuall...