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What I want candidates to learn from Annise Parker's election

by: susanc

Sun Dec 13, 2009 at 00:42 PM CST

Many are celebrating today the election of a gay woman as the mayor of the fourth largest city in the country. That historic event should be celebrated. But I hope other aspects of her campaign are noted and remembered by those seeking public office.
Last year many wondered whether our country was ready to elect a person of color for President. While some voters still decide based on racial prejudice the majority of voters chose the candidate they believed to be most qualified without regard to skin color. The qualified candidate who ran the smartest, most organized and disciplined campaign won.
For the last year many wondered whether Houston was ready to elect a gay mayor.
Voters make their decisions based on numerous factors and motivations. Some still vote based on race. No doubt some voters chose either candidate last night based on skin color. Some voted for the man or for the woman. Some voted for her because she is gay. Some voted against her because she is gay. Some voted for whichever candidate they know the best. Some voted against whichever candidate they know the best. Some voted because one candidate shook their hand, said hello, or knocked on their door. Some chose because they agreed with literature they received in the mail. Some voted because they were offended by literature they received in the mail. Some chose because of TV ads or newspaper endorsements, or the advice of their friends.
When the polls closed and the votes were counted last night one thing was clear about the majority of Houston voters. Houstonians choose a candidate who is intelligent, qualified and has a record of exemplary public service who ran a clean, smart, aggressive and disciplined campaign. She turned out her base and won over independent voters. Her army of volunteers worked tirelessly. They did the work. All of it. Much of campaign work is not fun. Those who are willing to do all of it win. There is a price to win an election. I am not just talking about money. Too many candidates and campaigns think they can get the job by paying a discounted price.
The opposition candidate at a minimum, allowed others to use his campaign as a vehicle for hate, fear, oppression and bigotry. Houstonians rejected those tactics.
If you want to win public office you have to run a smart, aggressive and disciplined campaign. Do the work. All of it. Be prepared to pay the full price. It is worth it.
Judge Susan Criss
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Things to consider as we go to our Senatorial District and County Conventions

by: susanc

Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 08:58 AM CDT

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Much concern and anxiety exists about how the senatorial distirct and county conventions will go this weekend. The extremely high number of new participants expected and the tensions between the presidential campaigns present new procedural challenges for those charged with the duties of conducting the conventions.

But we must remember those are challenges we should be thrilled to face. This level of voter participation and attention from national campaigns is what we have been hoping and praying for for years. Our party is growing and we are experiencing growing pains. We will be stronger for having gone through these experiences.

We must remember to be patient with the newcomers. They are full of enthusiasm and questions. And they need to be patient with those encharged with administering the process.

And those passionately involved in the Hillary/Obama battle must put aside their differences when the time comes to work together for real changes in our national government.

Below are some words of wisdom from persons who spent their lives embroiled in the political process to consider as we participate in our conventions.

The stakes are too high for government to be a spectator sport. Barbara Jordan

We are never strong enough that you don't need help. Cesar Chavez

We must learn to live together as brothers or we are going to perish together as fools. Martin Luther King Jr.

You can't do it unless you organize. Samuel Gompers

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.  Alice Walker

The people united will never be defeated. Cesar Chavez

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan

We come to reason, not to dominate. We do not seek to have our way, but to find a common way. Lyndon B. Johnson

I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.  William Jennings Bryan

The future of this nation is in the hands of the American voter. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Judge Susan Criss

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