Lakeville Journal: How to choose a state representative
Letter to the Editor:
I have followed politics for a long time. As a young woman, I watched both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions because my parents believed you had to look for the best PERSON to represent you, not just the party. I know both candidates running for the 64th District seat personally, and I have looked carefully at their skill sets to see who has the right set of tools for the job of state representative. After careful consideration, it is crystal clear to me that Maria Horn is the perfect person for the job.
Maria has a financial background, having held the position of analyst at J.P. Morgan. She has a legal background, as a lawyer and a federal prosecutor. She understands law and the impact a law can have, as very few of us can. She is a listener — one who carefully and completely listens to people. Heck, that is a gift in itself. She is a terrific communicator, both in speaking roles and one-on-one. She is calm, confident and warm. Maria is a natural leader, one that you want to follow because you know she knows where to go.
In full disclosure, I was asked to run for state representative, and I seriously considered running, in part because only 27.3 percent of our state representatives in Connecticut are women and it is high time that more women run for office. I felt very strongly that I had to take action, not just wait for someone else to do it. And then I met Maria, and I knew she was better suited to the job than me; she had more skills and more importantly, she has the right skills, so I am taking action: I am doing all that I can do to help her get elected.
This time, when you go to vote, take a look at the person, then take a look at their skill set, the tools, and training they bring. Think about it! Before you hire someone, you look carefully at what that person has to offer; let’s apply the same thinking to this process ... and when you do, I guarantee that you too will choose Maria Horn to be the next state representative.
Janet Carlson Sanders