Am I a Republican or a Democrat?
Partisanship is not the answer. If you ask me this question in person, please be prepared for a not-so-simple answer. Are there really issues that only have two sides, or answers that can be found so simply? The challenges we face are not simple, the work that needs to be done is not simple, and our leaders should not be so simple. I will work harder than anybody for Leon County, all of Leon County, and every person in it. I believe our strong affinity for labeling things is a big part of our societal woes. Black and White, Straight and Gay, Republican and Democrat, Native and Immigrant. Creative ways of dividing ourselves with fake labels in a day and age where none of us are really 100% any of those things, because America is the great melting pot. I’ve heard people say America does not have a culture, but I don’t believe that to be true. Our culture is a culture of shared heritages coming in from all over the world and added into the grand experiment. The shining city on the hill. Our defining attributes are our bravery, innovation, acceptance of one another, and eclectic collection of peoples and personalities like none other in the world. The year is 2020, harboring fear of our differences today rather than seeking collaborative solutions to our common problems should be left behind. Enough of that. I will answer the question, since it is so often asked.
The county commission seat is a non-party affiliated (NPA) seat, which means when you are in the voter booth, the candidates will not have an R or a D by their name. You will be forced to vote for the individual person based on what you know of them individually. In my opinion this is how all seats should be elected. I hope when that time comes you will have learned enough about me to be comfortable I am the best person for this job. I will work the hardest for you and for our community. There is not another candidate who is more accessible than me. There is not another candidate who is as transparent and forthcoming as me. I’m told elections are won or lost sometimes on name recognition alone. If there is a candidate who’s name you recognize, I want you to ask yourself what you really know about them. Is it soundbites and advertising? Or have they put their heart out into the community via social media, blogs, meet and greets, and work groups? Can you walk into their office without an appointment and get to know them? I am at 1407 Mahan Dr, where I run G. Willies Uniforms and Lifebuoy Consulting Services. I’m here every day, and you are welcome to stop by and see me at any time. That won’t change when I am commissioner.
For those that insist on knowing my party affiliation, I am currently registered to vote as a Democrat as are all the other candidates in this race. I was registered as a Republican until 2014 when I switched over to Democrat because there was a primary race that interested me more on that side. It seems like every election since 2014 the Democrat races have been more important to me than the Republican races, but I haven’t always voted Democrat in the general elections. In fact I have voted for Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, and Gary Johnson in my lifetime, and I am proud to say I have met each of those people in person except for Obama, and I’m still hoping to meet him one day soon. If Florida had open primaries, I would likely be non-party affiliated, or maybe Libertarian. I ask of you, not just in my race, but in all the races, please don’t let party affiliation be the primary reason you vote for someone. We need good, intelligent, hard-working, collaborative leaders. It has become far too acceptable for people to vote “against” another candidate instead of “for” a candidate they support. I believe that is ruining our system of government. Over the last few decades our government has become entirely polarized to the point that it no longer serves the purpose it was intended. Here is a descriptive video that concerns me deeply.
On August 18 I want you to vote for me because you believe in me, and my ability to get things done. My views vary based on the issue, and what matters most to me is what is best for the people of Leon County. My views will not be swayed based on a national agenda or a party platform. I am very conservative when it comes to spending money, growing government, or giving up any liberties. I also have a huge heart, and I want our government to serve all people in our community with its tax dollars. When it comes to social issues they are really individual and personal issues. I don’t believe government has a role other than to stay out of the way, and those views are typically viewed as very liberal.
When you vote fore me, please make it because you believe I am a good person. A good leader. A doer. A person who will get things done no matter how hard they might seem. When the tide turns and a popular stance isn’t so popular anymore, I still stand by my convictions and support our community. Vote for me because you expect integrity, accountability, and transparency, not typical politics.
Our partisanship on the national stage is making it impossible to get things done and drive America forward, and I am not willing to let that define what I stand for as a leader in Leon County.
We cannot continue to be divided. We must learn to work together or we will fail. A house divided cannot stand. This is why I’m running for Leon County Commissioner.