Habitat 500 Committee Member and Rider
Habitat Minnesota Board Member
Why do you vote?
I vote because I feel so fortunate to live in this country where each of us can participate in choosing our leaders: national, state, and local. I vote because I know that in some countries around the world, people do not have the same opportunity to vote for the people and policies that they think are best. I vote because I want to influence the future. I vote because my parents and grandparents talked about how voting was important. I think I’ve voted in every election since I first became eligible, which spans more than four decades.
Why is voting important to you?
See earlier question!
What’s your voting plan for 2020?
Some weeks ago, I requested an absentee ballot, because I did not know if I would be away from MN on election day. I am not a strict party line voter. I try to research each position on the ballot, learning about the candidates. I have emailed some of the candidates to ask their stance on issues, e.g. affordable housing.
How do you bring your values to the polls?
I think about what is important. I ponder both the short term and long term as it relates to issues. I perceive that there are flaws in each of the political parties. However the stances of individual candidates and their political party provide some basis for deciding who to vote for. With my adult children and grandchildren, I think about the effect of government policies over the decades/generations. I volunteer with Braver Angels, a grass roots organization aims to bridge the political divide, helping people to listen/understand the other side, and to look for common ground. I think it is important that organizations such as Habitat for Humanity would reach out to gather support from both sides of the political aisle.
What does it mean to you to Vote for Home?
I have emailed and received responses from multiple candidates regarding affordable housing. I am not a one issue voter. I consider a number of issues in selecting who to vote for. I think non-profit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, play a major role in making this world a better place. It is very good how Habitat offers a Hand-up, not a Hand-out, and how this has been a sustainable model over decades. I advocate that elected officials (at all levels) would work in partnership with Habitat and organizations like HFH, to make this world a better place.