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March 22, 2013

Transcript of Stillwater Chamber of Commerce's City Council forum Friday

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STILLWATER, Okla. — "On controversial issues, do you feel you have the ability to make decisions based on the best interests of the community versus the best interests of a few?

Weaver: Yes. And I think I've demonstrated that with a few of the votes I've made over my first three years.

Pina: Yes, I do. The reason why I believe that is when a controversial issue comes up, if you've done your homework, if you've done the research, if you talk to people and get a feel for what the system wants, what the citizens want, what the community wants, you go into the meeting and you'll make that decision. But you should never be afraid to say, 'Did I do the right thing?' And if you feel that you've done the wrong thing and new information comes forward, you should always be able to re-look that decision. And that's part of the Council that I really like, that I can re-look an issue. There's nothing wrong with that. It never says that you want to change anyone's mind. In most instances, you want to bring more information to the table. I think I have handled controversial issues very well and I also think I've made a few mistakes. I don't say that I'm perfect. I know that one time I pressed the button wrong and oh my God, the world collapsed on me. I said no when I should have said yes. So, small mistakes like that, but the idea is if there's controversy out there, you have to look at the controversy. You have to look at the opinions of others. You have to look at your own self. You have to look at how you think it best meets the needs of the community and then make your decision."

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