I was presented with a very compelling argument concerning my recent decision on the Beaumont City Council by a man that I respect very much. The argument is that I voted on a very controversial issue by my emotion, and not on fact. He may be correct, or he doesn't understand my belief of my duties. Regardless, the argument does pose some very interesting discussion. First, if anyone makes a decision whether it is based on fact or emotion, is it wrong? Second, if a person is a juror in a trial, is it wrong if they vote by emotion or fact? Now in my particular situation, my respected friend was referring to my decision as a council member of voting to deny the adoption of the Property Maintenance code on February 7. To be perfectly honest, I had very mixed feelings about this proposed ordinance. In the end, I moved to deny the adoption of this code. I based my decision on the over 50 people that contacted me urging to vote no. Incidentally, no citizen urged me to vote yes. I based my decision as a representative of the people. Was I wrong? I would appreciate your comments.
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