What Do You Want from Your Representative?
As I listen to citizens throughout the eight counties of the Second Congressional District, I've been trying to discern what traits, talents, or track record each person values in their elected officials. What do they want and do I have what it takes to truly earn their confidence?
At a Labor Day picnic at Coney Island, a plaster and cement worker union member declared, “I want someone who worked with their hands.” Realizing he meant that the best representative for workers who sweat, toil, and wear out their bodies is another worker, I looked down at my ruined hands and replied, “Yes, as a surgeon I may have worked on peoples' insides instead of a plaster restoration. But I can relate.”
At a Climate Rally on Fountain Square, I introduced myself to women in pink hats who carried signs that told me they valued stewardship of our earth. “I want someone who cares about our children and affords them the best opportunity for a healthy planet, a good education, a safe neighborhood, and open doors to their future.” I looked deep into my caregiver heart and answered “You can count on me to do everything possible to protect and promote all our children.”
At a Fayetteville Fire Department festival I sat in the breezy fire truck bay with a trucker who told me his story and his needs for a change in Federal guidelines for the transportation industry. “I want someone who listens to what I need and can speak for me in Washington to make that happen.” Indeed. That's why a U.S. Representative should be “all ears”, listening carefully to constituents, learning their particular viewpoint, and working hard to represent the needs of We the People.
At a dining room table in a home on the outskirts of Chillicothe, a group of concerned citizens shared their ideas about how our country should deal with universal access and efficient delivery of affordable quality healthcare. “ We need practical solutions to complex issues. We need someone who can research and distill the experts opinions about the economics of healthcare and the way to achieve best outcomes, and craft laws that work for everyone.” I believe I demonstrate that pragmatic intellect.
It appears to me that the traits of a physician are needed in Congress. Experienced hands, a caring heart, functioning ears, and a practical brain. I'm ready to serve.
We the People, for a change!