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ELECTION: Stop pandering to our differences

Letter by Maryanne Bell, Tacoma on Aug. 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | 4 Comments »
August 2, 2012 1:08 pm

I voted for Jack Connelly and Laurie Jinkins, two candidates who together embody the values I believe in across the spectrum of issues that impact families, from shelters to human rights and from education to social justice.

State Rep. Jeannie Darneille was at the helm during the worst of times, and I’m tired of party insiders. The economy is not her fault, but I’d like to give other Democrats a place at the table. It’s a big tent. If we keep pandering to our differences, we will never get past gridlock.

I don’t know Connelly personally, but I have watched his law practice enough to know that despite being Irish Catholic, with nine beautiful kids, that undoing the groundbreaking work on marriage equality or Roe vs. Wade is not what he is about.

Driving my son home on this hot afternoon, I pointed to a young man on a parched hillside near Center Street. Most of those Connelly signs across town were put there by that kid – Connelly’s son. I like seeing families walk the walk and earn their place at the table the old-fashioned way. They need not walk in lockstep with my family.

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