Tell me if this sounds familiar. A candidate for public office asks for your vote in broad general terms about what they support and what they have done or will do. They are however reluctant to get into specifics on those issues for whatever reason. And, some wonder why so many people are disenchanted with our current brand of politics. There you have it in a nutshell. People want candidates to interact with them in the same way we would want anyone else who comes across our path to act: direct...honest...without a lot of gobbledygook!
With that thought in mind, I have started a Summer Policy Series designed to let you know what I have done on some of the key issues affecting our district. The idea behind it is that when I’m asking for your vote, I believe it is important for you to know exactly what I believe in and what I have done on the issues of importance to our communities.
Throughout the summer, I will be sharing on some of the work I have done on behalf of the men, women and children of the 7th Legislative District. You can find this info on my website at: http://www.assemblymansingleton.com/policy_series
It is important that you know precisely where I stand on the issues … what I support and what I oppose. It is also important for me to hear your feedback on these issues. Our democracy works best when it is a give-and-take between my bosses (You) and your representative (Me).
When I ask for your opinion, let me underscore that I am not being disingenuous with my request. I am truly interested in hearing your perspective. Now, some might not engage because they don’t think it will make a difference. Rest assured. It always makes a difference. That you have made the effort, through phone or email, to reach out adds a certain value to the matter and heightens my own interest and awareness. I can assure you that whenever you communicate with me or my staff, we pay attention.
I won’t promise to change my position on the issue of particular concern to you, but what I will pledge is that I will have an open-mind to the perspective you raise. I will examine the issue as thoroughly and carefully as possible, and at the end of the day, I will put the public good ahead of every other consideration when I finally decide.
Let me know what you think, share an idea or bring to my attention certain aspects of an issue that I might have missed. However you do it, always know that I’m listening to (and reading) your feedback. So look out for the Summer a Policy Series and chime in. That's my take. What's yours?