As of Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Dylan Canaday is one candidate for city council who has no personal business interests that might influence his priorities. He is at a time in his life when he has only himself to support. He plans, for his first year as a council member, to work almost full-time learning how things work, why, what things cost, why, and whether they should, and seeking businesses that would locate in Grangeville.
I have known Dylan as his teacher and advisor, but had not visited with him in three years, so we got together to talk. Five years ago, he says, he began to feel responsibility for making Grangeville thrive. When he says his interest is in young people, he’s not just talking about ice-skating rinks. He wants to know what makes young couples plant themselves here to raise their families. What makes them stay here? What makes them leave? What makes them decide to move here from somewhere else? In the amazon.com age, what can draw us together into loyalty, generosity and commitment to our community? What do people value in everyday life that a city council could make easier to achieve?
One key is jobs. As he keeps asking and listening, Dylan will spend much of his time, on the Internet and in personal visits, seeking businesses that will fit our town. He wants also to build on our strengths—one of which he mentioned is good church youth groups.
From the time he started coaching basketball and umpiring Little League baseball in his freshman year, Dylan has shown his independence, expecting to pay his own way. If you have been involved with Dylan, either playing Little League or caroling at Grangeville Health & Rehabilitation, either managing District Court files or making hay in your field, you know that when the time comes to say, “OK, who will do this?” Dylan says, “I will!”
He can also say “No” very strongly if warranted.
Dylan is young and inexperienced, and he knows it. He wants to give his time and abilities while he has the freedom. Joining the incumbents in our city council, Dylan Canaday might tip the balance just right.