- The Washington Post says "The county would be better served by Cheryl C. Kagan ..."
- Endorsed by the Firefighters and Police as "strong on public safety issues."
- Endorsed by the Sierra Club for my "proven track record" on the environment!
- Endorsed by SEIU as "a strong voice... committed to issues important to working families."
- Endorsed by the B-CC Chamber of Commerce PAC as a business-friendly candidate.
- Endorsed as the "better advocate for the environment" by MD League of Conservation Voters.
- Endorsed by MC NOW for my commitment to "promoting women’s equality."
- Endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland as the "real leader" in District 17.
- Endorsed by CASA in Action as a "courageous and effective" advocate for these difficult times.
Can You Hear Me Now??
Can You Hear Me Now??
Earlier this year, Congress approved a historic overhaul of our health care plans. Virtually no one was happy with the outcome. Some liberals were unhappy with the fact that the public option was never seriously considered. Conservatives were dissatisfied with the number of provisions they advocated that were included in the final version. Very few constituents were satisfied either – although not necessary because their opinions didn’t prevail, but because they felt their voices weren’t heard.
Something similar happened locally. After much deliberation, the County Council and Planning Board approved the Gaithersburg West Master Plan, also known as “Great Seneca Science Corridor.” While Johns Hopkins has advocated the expansion of its campus on the Belward Farm, many neighbors (in addition to the cities of Gaithersburg and Rockville) have expressed serious concerns about the proposal. People observe – either from the sidewalk or inside their cars – the current levels of congestion, and wonder how the area can absorb more. This issue is a common one I’ve heard during the 13+ months I’ve been door-knocking throughout the district. And the common complaint I’ve heard is that no one seems to be listening.
In this economic downturn, many are desperate for jobs. If they are good-paying, as many are – and promise to be – in the I-270 tech corridor, all the better. The technology sector – developing new ways to treat disease, live a more green lifestyle, better communicate with our world – is vital for both societal and economic benefit. Such jobs are important for sustaining our families, providing tax revenue for education, transportation, and other priority government programs. The Hopkins expansion would also enhance the prestige of Montgomery County as a technology and educational showpiece in the national and international arena.
However, governments at all levels must better at listening to residents. It is a common reality – too often ignored – that people are at peace with a decision they disagree with if they feel at least their views were truly heard and considered. If elected to serve as your Senator, I pledge to listen to divergent viewpoints. I’ve been building consensus on tough issues since before I served eight years as a State Legislator. It is how I live my life – not just my political career.
I would love to hear from you, dear Blog reader! What ways have you found especially effective or frustrating when it comes to getting your point across to elected officials? Please send an email to Blog@CherylKagan.org or click on the "Comments" link below to express your views. Please be sure to indicate which post (#74) you're addressing.
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