Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Editorial: Female Candidates and the Blue Wave Crashing in Woodford County

Editorial: Female Candidates and the Blue Wave Crashing in Woodford County, Metamora Herald


By now I am sure most of you know voting day Tuesday, November 6th and you may have heard about this thing called a Blue Wave. We are living in a very exciting time for politics and history has been made already in this voting season with an enormous early voting turn out, first-time voter registration is through the roof, and more women and POC are running for office in federal, state and local elections. Democracy at its finest. Woodford County has joined in and we have four women running for the Woodford County Board. In District 1 we have Emily Barker (R) and Olaya Landa-Vialard, in District 2 we have Cate Kaufman, and in District 3 we have yours truly, Robin Fosdyck. Not sure if we have ever had that many women on the ballot for local elections, but it is amazing to be a part of this historic event.

Emily is running for the Woodford County Board. She is a conservative who believes in fiscal responsibility and economic development. She embraces innovation and change while upholding tradition. As a board member, she will focus on the health of Woodford County by supporting local businesses, first responders, and educational systems, while fighting against increased property taxes. In a time when civility has been lost in the political arena, Emily Barker will be a breath of fresh air.
She looks forward to serving the people of Woodford County as a board member.

Olaya says she has fought her whole life for human rights, women's rights, and for those who could no fight for themselves. She has experience working with policymakers, both locally and at the federal level. She will help the citizens in Woodford County by holding the government accountable for all of us.

Cate wants to improve the effectiveness and fiscal responsibility of the county board for the taxpayers. She wants to take advantage of the federal grant opportunities that are available instead of raising taxes by default. She would also like to cooperate with the villages and regional planning commission to bring more jobs and revenue to Woodford County.

I am trying to be more involved with our great democracy. Having checks and balances and transparency in government is very important. I will bring a fresh approach to the board and want to help bring new businesses with job opportunities to Woodford County. We have to be more progressive and forward thinking in order for our communities to be able to sustain and survive. I want an open government and love keeping the idea alive that our government is "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Of course, there are also some good guys on the ballot and we are happy for you all but this is a year of the woman so ...... Get out and VOTE!!!!!!!!



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