I’ve been an active voter since 1997, and in that time have written countless letters and emails, and placed countless calls, to my elected officials. For me, being a part of a vibrant, healthy democracy means reaching out to share my views, questions and concerns as a constituent, both when I agree with my elected officials’ positions and when I don’t. A healthy dialog should exist between representatives and residents.
Our current state delegates, who tout themselves as “Team Hogan,” have sadly neglected to hold up their end of the dialog. Letters to Haven Shoemaker’s offices go unanswered. An email on voting rights to Susan Krebs’ office got a dismissive one-sentence reply that the delegate disagreed and would not even consider the bill under debate. Only April Rose’s office sent a longer, more detailed response of her objections, but was more of a lecture on why I was wrong than an example that she was willing to listen to someone who disagrees with her. Town halls and community events with our delegation here in Carroll County are seemingly limited to political fundraisers.
It’s time for our state delegates to be Team Carroll County, rather than Team Hogan.
Emily Shank, candidate for state delegate, has already proven herself willing to listen and engage with voters of all stripes, of any party or none, and hear their concerns and questions. Her attendance at community carnivals and events, reaching out and speaking to likely and unlikely voters, shows her willingness to listen and engage, and be a voice for us. Emily Shank is the kind of delegate that Carroll County needs in Annapolis, and we should look for more candidates like her, from both parties.