As your Mayor I wanted to share an email I received. This one and many like it are not really for me, but for all of you, the wonderful people that make our community - Jess Herbst
Ideally, this is meant for Mayor Jess Herbst, but I'm not sure of the rules that govern the city email service so I write this for any reader.
I wanted to express how proud I felt, lifted up after a long day of being beaten down, to see on my news feed my home town, and for such a wonderful reason. I have my first memories in New Hope, lived there until high school. During my time there, not only did I learn how to be a person, I found what it meant to be a person. Now, from my tiny apartment outside UT Austin, I am proud to say that my home town is teaching to the world the same message it impressed on me as a child. The community I was a part of in New Hope was the warmest one I have ever encountered, and I am still close to many of my now distant neighbors. They taught and are still teaching me how to be a better version of myself, an influence that should be felt by everybody.
A person is exactly who they say they are. There is no template that makes a human being. There are only ways to do it that have been done, and those that have not. It is every person's duty, their life's work, to tell the world a story about themselves, and it's time that people realized that there is no limit to their artistic freedom.
I'm elated to hear about all the support that has been poured out for the Mayor's transition, and I couldn't miss out on the opportunity to add my voice to the chorus.
Many Thanks and Best Wishes,