When I read the headlines of the articles about the two candidates running for the 27th district legislative seat on Saturday, I thought, “a pox on both their houses.” But as I read the articles, I realized that there’s a marked difference between the two candidates.
Jake Fey comes off as someone who may follow the letter of the law but whose moral compass is off. He exhibits a sense of entitlement to public funds when those around him are struggling. It’s evidenced by his own quote: “I’m entitled to it.” That statement pretty much defines his entire campaign.
Laurie Jinkins appears to be a conscientious public servant who has done everything she can to use both her position and public monies appropriately. While the critics in the article take shots at her over far-out hypotheticals, she explains all she’s done to assure that she’s following the letter and spirit of the law. Jinkins is very clear, even going so far as to say, “I’ll make it right” if she’s told she needs to do something more.
Like Fey, I think Jinkins’ comments define her too. I like the way she presents herself: ethical, diligent, open to scrutiny and willing to change to do what’s right. To me, she seems like as a person of integrity.
Thanks for helping me decide how I’ll vote.