The 2016 primary election is one for the record books. Across the 89th District, individual precincts, city wards, and entire counties reported record early voter turnout and record voter turnout for a primary election. I’m excited and reinvigorated by the enthusiasm expressed for our local and national elections. I hope the trend of increased voter participation and involvement in our local elections continues.
I’d also like to express my humble gratitude for receiving 17,396 votes across the 89th District. By comparison, in the 2014 primary, I garnered 11,834 votes of your trust. The political guys tell me by increasing your vote totals by 47% percent in 2 years means we’re doing something right. This is a “we,” because you and I talk weekly, and then I take your ideas to Springfield; and frankly, our common sense approach has been resonating down there. Your ideas are a reflection of the weekly column, and I appreciate the communication; however, this week I want to set the ground for a debate – one to further occur on social media this week - about convictions and compromise.