As the 2018 election cycle wraps up, here is my closing argument to voters: vote.
The franchise is both a privilege and a responsibility, and as we face this era of endless back and forth, it is every individual’s most significant means of putting their stamp on the future of our state and country. Beyond the old expression “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain,” we must all embrace the opportunity we have in this moment to offer a mandate for change and for commitment.
The 38th Assembly District has changed. It’s time our representation reflects that. We are more ethnically, religiously, socio-economically and age diverse than ever before. Our government representation should not only understand the significance of our diversity, but also embrace and reflect that diversity in their leadership. Our voter registration is quite evenly split among Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters. Our diversity is our strength and I am committed to representing the array of voices of the constituents I will serve from both sides of the political spectrum, whether on the right, on the left or in the steadfast center.
We must all use our vote to reinforce our commitment to fighting climate change, protecting the rights of marginalized communities, standing against hate and hateful rhetoric and standing for truth. Our vote will demonstrate a renewed commitment to true gender equality, support for sensible gun control measures, access to affordable healthcare coverage for everyone, and affordable housing. We can demonstrate our support of fiscal responsibility, fair taxation, and wise government spending which creates the greatest amount of public good at the lowest cost. We will make it clear that we are committed to our children’s future by prioritizing greater spending on public education and making college affordable for every family. We will vote to honor the service our seniors and veterans have given to our state and country and honor that service by protecting veterans’ programs medical care, Social Security, housing and retirement with dignity in California.
Political campaigns are imperfect, yet they are the best sorting process we have to share and compare ideas, priorities and values. Throughout my campaign I have honored your role in this process by providing information on my vision for California’s future, which you can find on my website. I have worked to run a values and information based campaign. You have my commitment that my service to the 38th Assembly District will be transparent, accessible and reflect the values we have in common. You will have a seat at my table as we make decisions together to keep us a healthier, safer and united community.
Please vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Thank you!
Christy Smith is the Newhall School District Governing Board President and the Democratic nominee for the 38th Assembly District.
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