As I was arriving back to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia yesterday evening, I received a surprising email. It was a press release by City Council Member Rhodesia Ransom. She is calling for an investigation into abuse of position and power by Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Vargas and two city commissioners. I was inherently shocked by this release.
When I had met the Mayor Pro Tem over the summer, she appeared (at least to me) to be a kind woman who cared for her community. Of course, I didn't know what was going on behind the scenes with the City Council. With reports that the Mayor Pro Tem has engaged in conflict of interests and now a possible abuse of power, it is important that the city begins an investigation to either clear the Mayor Pro Tem or determine her guilt. An open and transparent government is needed now more than ever. If Member Vargas has nothing to hide, if she is committed to ensuring that local government works for the community, then she must accept an investigation.
As a member of this community, I want to have faith in the government that is making decisions on my behalf. Otherwise, government works no longer for the public interest. We risk increasing distrust between the people and the government. And that never works to anyone's favor.
*I have included a copy of Ransom's press release for interested parties to read. I major note I would like to make, as an independent voice, is that I support calls to investigate allegations. A transparent government will investigate claims and let due process take its course. I will reserve judgement until after it is completed.