Courage.  Kindness.  Reason.

These words repeated themselves in my head today as I fed the chickens, goats and horses.  Why these words, why today?  How do they describe me?  

Courage  “the ability to do what frightens one and strength in the face of pain or grief”.

It’s the guts and gumption to do the right thing.  To work for land preservation despite criticism, threats and the possibility of failure.  To move a pioneer house five miles to our property to save it from being torn down despite the cost, the aggravation and the stress such a huge project entailed.  To advocate for my children when I wasn’t sure I’d receive a positive reception.  To put myself in situations that are not comfortable so I can learn about what others are experiencing.

Kindness  “the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.”  

It’s doing what will help others, not just what is convenient for me.  It’s more than just smiling at people and wishing them a good day.  It’s volunteering with Detroit Horse Power, which teaches at risk youth skills for success through interacting with horses.  Government policies can be unkind or kind. Kind policies make sure that people have enough food, a roof over their head and access to health care.

Reason  “the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.”

It’s taking the time to find the facts, listen to others, recognize that I have biases, and come to a conclusion that makes sense.  It’s the only way to come to good solutions.  Also, considering all stake-holders interests is the only way to come to a lasting solution.  Too many times those in power just try to shut out those whose positions they don’t like.  I’ve been on the receiving end of that.  And when I am, I just pull out some courage and continue advocating.

As your County Commissioner, I will embody courage, kindness and reason.  I will listen to you, research the issues, understand the positions of all stakeholders and community members.    I will work to learn about systemic injustice so that I can be part of the solution. I will help individuals and our community, advocate for our community and make the tough decisions that need to be made.