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Monday, September 20, 2010

Ask Courtney...Again-Answers

1.) How do you stay involved without overstepping your boundaries with Alderman Sean O'Donovan? (Jeff)
That is such a great question! I have always been conscience of what Alderman O'Donovan's job is and what the role is that I have chosen to take on. I go to meetings, I write recaps, I collect information, and network with Somerville-based organizations and groups. Basically, I inform the people of Ward 5 (and outside the ward too). When it comes to serving the needs of the people of Ward 5-that is Sean's job. Often, I refer people to Sean's page on Ward 5 Online, so they can get in touch with their Alderman with their concerns and needs.

Recently, I was asked if I had sought and received feedback from Ward 5 business owners in the wake of the recent DIF meetings. My response was that this was something Alderman O'Donovan should handle, not because I did not want to be involved, but that a conversation with the Alderman should happen first. This is an example of the crossroads that I come to being the sole writer of Ward-specific website. This is when my decision-making is put to the test and where I have to be confident in what my job is and what is better handled by the elected.

2.) Who is your political hero? (Melissa)
My political hero is the Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker.

3.) Do you read other Somerville blogs and websites? (Jen)
Yes, I do. I even comment on them, as well. I try to stay in streams of constant information all the time and reading other sources is a big part of that.

4.) How do you handle criticism? (Dexter)
With a few choice pints at Olde Magoun's Saloon, ha! In all seriousness, I don't take it personally and I realize that I'm not the only writer who receives it. I can't please all of the people all of the time despite my best efforts. If the compliments outweigh the criticism, I know I'm doing something right. When that is reversed, it's time to reevaluate.

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