One Term Only

The example of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

Make no mistake about it. I am running for just one term only. The example of Lucius Quinctus Cincinnatus (519BC – 430BC) inspires me. He was a Roman statesman who lived the simple life of a farmer. After an invasion, he was approached to lead the army to battle and achieved a swift victory over the invaders. Soon after, he relinquished power and returned to his farm. In doing this, he demonstrated that public service should only be for the greater good. I am running for Mayor to serve for one term only to enable our Cincinnati refine it’s character as a great city named after the great Roman statesman. My vision for the one term consists of establishing nine CHARACTER traits:

These nine traits will be detailed in my upcoming Fireside Chats CHARACTER series. However, here are some brief quotes that provide an introductory understanding of each trait as regards it’s applicability to my one-term mayoral commitment.

Civic virtue

“Among the virtues that make up the Cincinnatians character is vigilant attention to the actions of elected officials. If this be true, then our civic task is to secure a great city for our children’s future.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Humble warrior

“Though the pursuit of humility in itself by an elected official is almost an impossible undertaking, finding the warrior spirit within that reaches for it is the mark of true and lasting leadership.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Authentic accountability

“To be ambitious of accountability, of the true veracity of transparency in the acts of one’s personal obligations, is the very prerogative of running for public office. Of such is the mark of authenticity.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Responsible duty

“Responsibility, unaccompanied by duty, is as unimpressive as a painting without color. Such a thing is non-existent for life is about color. Our greatest duty in life is to be responsible for something.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Authority limits

“Service to the greater good is inherent in the calling to exercise authority within a jurisdiction. However, that exercise is granted by the will of the people, who are custodians of the limits thereof.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Courageous followership

“The supreme quality of a leader is not courage but followership. It takes a very secure leader to embrace second place. A true public servant is one who embraces the obligation to courageously follow.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Transformative service

“Our greatest service to mankind is to honor the legacy of past leaders who paved the way by optimizing our present through transformative service so that we can win the future for our children.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Ethical stewardship

“When we think of ourselves as owners of the very instruments that have been entrusted to us by society, we raise our capacity for ethical behavior and grant ourselves the opportunity to be great stewards of resources.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Respectful modesty

“The thing that inspires us and those around us the greatest is the simple and elegant display of respectful modesty. The example of Lucius Cincinnatus so generously models this character trait.” – Dr. Herman J. Najoli, December 2020.

Given the foregoing, I Dr. Herman J. Najoli, in a quest to win the battle for the character of our city as a difference maker, hereby sign to declare that in one term only as elected Mayor of Cincinnati we will achieve CHARACTER:

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