Scoop of the Century
Dating back to October of 2004, the big question in the halls of the big white spire is "Who is Mayor Sam?" Well, you want it you got it.
The speculation has run the gamut of Mayor Sam's true identity being everyone from various local consultants to elected officials' aides to politicians past and present. No, I am none of them.
My name is Michael Higby. Who? Exactly. I'm Joe Citizen - a lifelong valley resident, a voter and a taxpayer. I've been active as a community volunteer most of my life, but have never worked for an elected official and my involvement in political campaigns has been limited to volunteering such as phone banking, precinct walking, etc. I was a frequent reader and participant in the Fourth Floor Blog and when the owner of that blog felt compelled to shut it down, on a lark I started Mayor Sam. I only expected three or four people to read it, for it to last maybe a few weeks and that would be it. It has gone beyond my wildest expectations. I am quite proud of the service we provide to our city.
This weekend is Labor Day weekend where we celebrate the efforts of the working person. I intend to do this by going forward with this blog continuing its mission of shedding light on local government. I hope you will continue to participate, short of a few malcontents, all our
readers and participants provide fantastic contributions, whether I agree with them or not. I would also be remiss to say that I have had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest people in producing this blog and hope to continue to do so.
This blog would not have been complete without the efforts of Brian Hay. Brian Hay, also known as Mayor Frank, has been an essential member of the Mayor Sam team. The following is his statement:
I, Brian Hay, am pleased to announce that I am Mayor Frank. Ahh. It felt good to say that. Why, because I am proud to be a part of this forum. On a daily basis I hear about individuals both inside and outside politics discussing the issues presented on this blog. While this web page serves as a bulletin board for a daily update on local politics, it also allows the public to express their opinions on the issues in real-time. This is a feature that newspapers and other media outlets are unable to provide. Much of the content is pushed from the main stream media and anonymous tips from all of you, our loyal readers, and I want to thank you for your cooperation. I hope you continue to share your thoughts and ideas with me and my team members as we forge ahead into a new era here at Mayor Sam, and I urge you to celebrate with us as we roll past 250,000 visits.
So there you have it. Maybe we can now join those of you who have been asking to join us for a drink.
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