As we approach the holiday season, many of us find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind of decorating, cooking, and coordinating the gatherings of each side of the family…am I the only one who sends out Doodle Polls for availability? It’s a time for fellowship and celebration and an opportunity to reconnect with those who hold a special place in our hearts.
However, amidst all the joy and excitement, it’s essential to remember that we are elected officials with the 24/7 duty that extends beyond the holiday season. Multitasking is one of the many talents we possess as public servants, and it’s crucial to maintain a vigilant eye on the ever-evolving world of legislation and governance.
While one special legislative session may be wrapping up, there’s always the possibility of another one on the horizon, with the inherent unpredictability of what it may include. It’s our responsibility to stay informed, keep those good relationships with our local legislators, and always remain prepared for the unexpected.
To effectively balance our roles at home and as elected officials, we must commit to a few fundamental principles:
- Stay Informed: Our respective associations, email updates, and TAC liaisons play a pivotal role in keeping us up to date with legislative developments. Make it a habit to regularly check for updates, as information is power in our line of work.
- Engage with Fellow Elected Officials: Collaboration is key. Reach out to your fellow elected officials within your county and neighboring areas. Share the updates that affect your offices and constituents, and be receptive to the insights they provide. We’re all in this together, and our actions do indeed affect one another as well as our citizens.
- Prioritize Communication: Effective communication is the glue that holds our collective efforts together. It’s not just about staying informed, but also about sharing that knowledge and engaging in open dialogues. By doing so, we strengthen our ability to make informed decisions and address the needs of our communities.
As we navigate the holidays, let us not lose sight of our commitment to public service. The balance between family and official responsibilities can be challenging, but it’s a testament to our dedication as elected officials. The unpredictability of special sessions and legislative matters keeps us on our toes, and by staying informed and united, we can face any challenge that comes our way.
In the spirit of the season, let’s remember to have some much-needed balance – and take some breaks from it, too. We all work hard, so let’s allow ourselves to play hard, too (responsibly, of course!) Let’s relax some and recharge and always be ready for what’s ahead.
Merry Christmas, Y’all!
In your service,
Jen Crownover, Comal County Commissioner
President, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas