Norton: Proud of what we accomplished, but I also feel the Scottsdale divide

While I’m proud to have been part of a community-wide effort, I’m not going to overlook the harsh divide that caused incredible emotions and some hurt and anger that won’t go away soon.

About three out of 10 of my neighbors and friends voted against Prop. 420. You are still my neighbors and I hope we are still friends.

Mike Norton

Your vote meant something too.

You didn’t like what we pushed through. I hope we can find ways to get past that. I’ve reached out to City Council members to meet alone and talk about next steps. With the exception of Virginia Korte, I will try to meet all of them and Mayor Lane.

I want to trust our local government. I’m tired of being afraid or angry.

I also know that won’t happen soon. Restoring trust and faith takes more than just a handshake. We also urge every single one of you to remain active. The 2020 election of a new mayor and replacement of Councilwoman Korte will come quickly.

Who will be the next Solange Whitehead?

If we become complacent, we won’t get to choose. When others choose for us, bad stuff happens quickly. Thank you all — again — for being my neighbor and to those who consider me a friend, thank you as well.

We’re neighbors first. And then advocates. I remember that rule.

Editor’s note: Mr. Norton is a Scottsdale resident, co-founder of the Respect Our Scottsdale Students Facebook Fanpage and a community advocate

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