How I Wound Up on TikTok

December 16, 2022

A sure sign I've entered the period of my life where I'm a formerly young person is that I don't have TikTok on my phone.

But last year, during our winter break, I wound up showing up on TikTok. For a good deed.

I just found it unacceptable that we could wind up in a position where we would indefinitely suspend a core city service—curbside recycling—after a major property tax increase, with no warning, no backup plan.

So I did it myself. With a few friends and volunteers.

I used my time off from work borrowing and renting trucks to pick up my constituents' recycling and take it to convenience centers.

And we looked for ways to expand our little community effort. And we found so many partners willing to step in and do just that.

But as a city we didn't take advantage of any of those opportunities. We didn't wind up doing anything other than letting the lawyers figure it out.

When I'm mayor, we will roll up our sleeves, work together to solve problems, understand our risks ahead of time, and get things done even if some of our private vendors are having issues.

We're a top 25 American city. We should act like one.

And we can with your help.


Thanks for all your support and encouragement.

My best ...


Freddie O'Connell

Metro Council, District 19

Mayoral Candidate, District 23


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