Keeping the Public Informed
I strongly believe that communicating with the public and keeping community members informed is an essential responsibility of all elected officials. Truthfully, I think it is almost impossible to over communicate.
While serving as Mayor of Randolph this year, I have made it a top priority to provide regular communications to Randolph residents. Several years ago, when I served as President of the Randolph Board of Education, I also made it a priority to issue regular communications to keep the public informed and updated. In fact, as President of the Randolph Board of Education, I was awarded an Outstanding Communicator Award by the National School Public Relations Association in recognition of my exemplary outreach to the community.
While communication is always important, during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more critical for elected officials to communicate regularly and openly to provide information and reassurance. When the pandemic began earlier this year, there was a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty among residents. To address these concerns, the Randolph municipal organization began issuing daily COVID-19 updates on March 16 and these daily updates continue through today – for over 220 consecutive days. In addition, as Mayor, I have provided regular “Messages from the Mayor” to supplement the broader communication efforts. These communications included data about the cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in Randolph, along with high level demographic information, and information about prevention, testing sites, government assistance programs for individuals and businesses. I have also always made time to speak directly with residents who reached out to me with concerns or questions.
Beyond communications about the COVID-19 pandemic, I proactively issued updates to keep the Randolph community informed during the power outage that resulted from Tropical Storm Isaias. As Mayor, I have also authored monthly columns for Randolph Neighbors magazine, articles for the Randolph Quarterly, and I have worked routinely with local media outlets, such as TAP into Randolph and the Randolph Reporter, to keep Randolph residents informed and updated about issues affecting our community. My philosophy has always been that communication is critical.
Please vote to re-elect me, Chris Carey, to the Randolph Township Council.