Elizabeth "Beth" Swift
Dr. Elizabeth Swift with her former Buena Park High School students at Buena Park Goes to College 2014.
This statement was made by Beth Swift on December 9, 2014 at Buena Park City Hall.
"I am so grateful for family and friends who voted for me and for those who volunteered in my campaign by walking their neighborhoods—including my 4-year old grandson Logan, who told voters, “Vote for my Grandma.” He was assisted by 6-year old brother Liam, 1-year old sister Madison, and cousins Isabela (age 8) and Diego (age 6)—all Buena Park residents.
My thanks also go to those who made phone calls, who displayed signs, who contributed monetarily, and who entertained neighbors in their homes in order to meet me.
I am deeply moved by these expressions of confidence in me, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you, my campaign supporters and voters.
Being an effective city council member involves making sure the basics are taken care of—expert police and fire personnel, clean water resources, reliable trash pick-up, a variety of recreational programs, and beautiful civic facilities. I am confident that Buena Park takes care of the basics in an excellent manner.
An elected official must also listen to constituents, follow up on their concerns, help to find workable solutions to problems among conflicting interests and entities, and look ahead to new opportunities while demonstrating the respect and value we place on our history. As a wise man once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
The Buena Park community has entrusted me for the next four years with the responsibility of working with my council colleagues to make good decisions on your behalf. I will do that to the best of my ability. I appreciate the ideas and feedback you send by email or letter, and I would also appreciate your prayers for my colleagues and me so that we will be discerning, thoughtful, respectful, honest, and just."