Breaking: Maywood Trustee Mike Rogers Announces Withdrawal from Race, Won’t Seek Reelection

Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 5.03.56 PM.pngWednesday, January 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Maywood Trustee Mike Rogers, who was elected in 2013 while running with the Maywood United Party, confirmed his intention to withdraw his bid for a second term in the upcoming April 4, 2017 elections in a statement released today.

It had been widely speculated for weeks that Rogers might withdraw. He had filed nominating papers and had successfully secured a place on the ballot, running as a member of the Maywood United Party, before making today’s announcement. So far, it has not been confirmed who the party will select to replace Rogers.

Below is his full statement:

My Thoughts on Ballot Withdrawal

I feel I have a lot of versatility based on a range of competencies and experience.

My true interest is in applying those competencies towards building things up, making improvements, fixing things and inspiring others to do similarly. That’s why I became a professional architect, putting those features into practice for nearly 35 years. That is also the essence of why I have frequently been asked to serve in the various roles locally and across the country. I have accepted several such roles.

The first public official role was way back in 1995. I consider myself each time to be taking a turn in contributing my time and skills to enhance the community. I don’t think of it as a career. My interest is NOT and never has been politically based. Its service based. There are certain things, but ONLY certain things that heavily involve elected or appointed roles as it stands. There are many more things, impactful things, that are heavily situational or circumstantial. Some of the situations, circumstances and conditions may create significant barriers, often unnecessary barriers,  to community growth and progress, especially within political frameworks. Our community must insist on growth through putting competencies, credentials, capabilities, character, skills, talents, experience and resources over favoritism and politics.

I really favor service, roles, and a spirit that truly embraces progress for progress’ sake and leverages competencies to that end. I believe there is always a need and a place for that. So I will continue to think of and conceive multiple ways to achieve results, as architects do naturally. That is what works for me in the times ahead ….  especially with my current personal goals and my desire to really try to enjoy 2017 much more, this being the second year of my retirement.

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4 thoughts on “Breaking: Maywood Trustee Mike Rogers Announces Withdrawal from Race, Won’t Seek Reelection

  1. Mike is a fine and honorable man and we thank him for his service to our community. Every person who wants to serve in this capacity knows upfront that his/her time, talent and resources are needed for the greater good to uplift the community. But, they also know that it is a tough job and will take countless hours from their lives – hours they can never replace. Mike didn’t take the stipend allotted to trustees, financed his own professional development for the good of the community. What a class act! Again, Mike thank you for your positive example and being a part of the Maywood United Party in helping to craft our message, direct our steps and making Maywood a little bit better than you found her. I know you will continue to serve in some capacity and good luck in your retirement. You deserve it!

  2. Thanks for the kind words! It’s good to know when your efforts and approach have been well received. Thanks again.

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