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What’s good for the goose?

untitledIt’s Election Day!!!  Voters will head to their respective polling locations and elect a new member of the California State Assembly to represent the 54th District.  The special election was called due to Holly Mitchell ascending to the position of State Senator.  I personally have made phone calls, canvassed neighborhoods and surprisingly felt good about my contribution to the election.

It was totally unexpected that I found myself knocking on strangers doors, on behalf of someone I didn’t work for.  I began to feel like it was my civic duty to learn more about a candidate I planned on supporting and sharing with you and the only way to do that properly, was to immerse myself into the campaign.  I reached out to Chris Armenta’s campaign, via his website, and didn’t receive a response.  I didn’t seek out John Jake’s office.

Although Sebastian was busy being attacked in the press, his campaign office neither wavered nor missed a beat.  The staff was diverse and represented every ethnic group that the district encompasses.  Staff and volunteers alike were happy to do their share to get their candidate to victory come election day.  They showed up with a smile on their face and ready to work.

The very individuals on social media pledging their support, where physically in the building making calls and canvassing with door hangers in hand.  Young and old came out to support including the supervisor himself.  Sebastian Ridley-Thomas is indeed the front-runner and we can’t hate because his dad is Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles County Supervisors.

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Tito's Tacos/November 9, 2013)

LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Urban Girl Media/November 9, 2013)

Mark Ridley-Thomas began his journey at Manual Arts High School.  Was a former high school teacher and founded AAVREP to assist with registering voters.  He successfully campaigned and won seats on L.A. city council, state assembly, state senate and finally, supervisor.  He created the states first Empowerment Congress that promoted community engagement and involvement and is the blueprint for similar organizations around the nation.  One of his sons was bound to follow in their fathers footsteps. Why wouldn’t they?

Is it any different from Janice and James Hahn running on their fathers name?  The community didn’t peep a condescending word.  We should celebrate those who don’t forget where they come from and uses their talents to help others (Matthew 25:14-30)?  No political career isn’t without opposition to key decisions being made, however, we must keep in mind:

”The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or one”

If you thought this race was over top, hold on to your seats, the 62nd Assembly race is around the corner.

Don’t forget to vote today.


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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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