I got the following Email, food for thought today and agree with every word. It’s an open letter to all concerned citizens, from Amy, Rick Hannold’s wife.
Rick is a Republican Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 3:
“I have learned a lot in the past few weeks. If you know me just a little, I bet you’ve never heard me talk about politics until this month.
Just like many of you, I’ve been busy raising a family, earning a living, serving community – and doing what I can to help pay the mortgage and see my family through the tasks of everyday life.
But, also like many of you, I was raised with the greatest generation. My grandparents and other elders had families, businesses, farms, jobs and lives too. Unlike many adults today, these elders did something more—they got involved in the process known as government.
Some of them ran for office, others sought to make a difference regarding an issue that faced not only themselves, but their neighbors. Victory was not always theirs. However, even in loss at the moment, they accomplished a worthy goal. Their children saw them stepping up and I am one now following in their footsteps.
Last week, we were at a debate, in Stanwood. I knew by watching each of the 18 audience members arrive that they were for Mr. Vaughn, our current Interim Commissioner for District 3. That’s right; there were only about 18 people there, plus the spouses of the candidates, the moderator, an Island County Treasurer Candidate, and the woman who organized the evening. We sat in this big theater, no cameras, no apparent media present.
Long story short, I wish you could have been there.
There was one woman there who reminded me of my grandmother. She stood and asked what we as citizens can do to turn the tide of big government taking over more of our money and daily lives. She spoke about how few get involved today and asked what can we here, the involved and active voters, do to change the dismal (and apathetic) perspective most Americans have towards politics today.
My husband’s response? “Vote. Teach your kids about government; introduce them into standing up and stepping in to be informed and active. As I have done, with them, that they might make a difference when the opportunities arrive in their lives.”
Rick’s response got a round of applause from the audience. Until then, there had been little response from the audience other than mutterings and head shakes. The Greatest Generation stood up and spoke. My husband and the room apparently agreed.
The other missed opportunity to see true colors of your candidates came when Interim Commissioner Vaughn, at every opportunity, touted himself as “The Commissioner” and also spoke of at least 5 other careers he’s had in his lifetime, all of which he was at the helm of “the ship”. It’s telling that a man that says he’s done so much has no facts or mention anywhere of what he’s truly done.
(My husband however, will show you his service records, commendations, and results he achieved while serving his country and community—just ask!)
Just when I thought I had seen it all from Mr. Vaughn, he really put on a spectacle of himself. That woman I spoke of, the one that asked a question and (respectfully) challenged him… He began arguing with her during their exchange! And then, when another woman asked him a question, he responded in a very bullying and loud tone to her.
He finished the evening with another acclamation that he was chosen to be the interim Commissioner because (he apparently thinks) that Commissioners Johnson and Price-Johnson did so as an endorsement. This is not true.Just watch the video of the second set of interviews for Interim Commissioner or read your local papers for that date – even the biased, liberal media got that part right.
But, back to you — Have you voted yet?
If you’re a friend or family in Districts 1 or 2, you might be thinking that your vote comes in November. Wrong. That belief may leave you with a choice 2 candidates you don’t want in office. So, by taking no action now – by doing nothing to support or encourage Rick Hannold, you’ve already voted—for his opponents.
If you’re a friend or family in District 3, who has received a ballot — whether or not you’ve voted yet—what else have you done to encourage a candidate you want in office? Yea for you if you voted, but today, voting is not enough.
As my husband said the other day, “I have few enemies in Island County and if they don’t like me, they love my wife!” (Thanks, honey.)
I do believe it’s true though. Most of you have served, worked, lived, sweated, cried, cheered, led, with Rick or in some other way know my husband.
What would he do for you?
Who have you told about him, as a candidate and a neighbor?
While the other Republican candidates are out spending money to twist and stretch the truth to be elected – my husband is working a full time job, traveling the county to reach & connect with voters (and boring the heck out of his kids) – with time he could be spending on himself or his own family.
I am asking you to take 5 minutes, the 5 minutes I could use if I hadn’t already spent them working on the campaign – to do something. How can you help?
Like Rick’s Facebook Page (It’s kind of like a note of encouragement, no matter where you might live now- he’d love to know you’re in his corner.)
Share http://rickhannold.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Rick4Commissioner with your friends.
Call 2, 5, 10 or as many people you can think of (or message them if that’s easier) – to let them know a great candidate with integrity and a reputable record of service is running for election.
Join us as we walk our neighborhoods, to encourage people to become informed voters and take advantage of their privilege to vote. A privilege earned by the lives and deaths of many Americans for hundreds of years, that many in the world out there are still fighting for!
Donate to Rick’s campaign. Again, no matter where you live now, your money will spend here. And no matter the amount, it will take his campaign and concern for Island County to another voter who will have their voice heard. Really, he’s that available-and, listening.
Just do something. Show your children how devoting time and or money on something other than yourselves (something you believe in, on behalf of community) can make a difference.
Vote- wherever you are and however you believe about the candidates offered to you – vote. Take your friends and family with you (or in the case of mailed ballots, remind them they’ve received them.)
If someone like me, who for years had deaf ears to “politics” can now get motivated – you can too. Not all of our spouses need run for office in order to “care”. You just have to look up and outside your routine to see the future coming – it’s coming – and you, with your neighbors can shape it. Take your friends and children with you.
I have 548 Facebook “friends”. We can do this – we can resuscitate a legacy of getting involved, stepping up and making our voice heard. If we don’t, we are voting for our opponents. We cannot raise a generation that gives up and doesn’t care. Decisions being made are made by people elected. Those decisions impact all areas of our lives and futures.
So I ask you now: Who, with your time, choices and actions are you voting for?
What and who will you encourage in your community? What will our generation be known for, and what sort of world will our descendants inherit, just by what we did or didn’t do today?
Decide. The time to act is now. Island County and elsewhere, support those who you believe in while you still have the opportunity to possibly have them sitting in a place of decision over the things you cherish. Win or lose, it’s not just about the election. It’s about all that comes after that.
Thank you, Amy “
My thanks to you AMY for sharing with us about your family history and for the wonderful results from the family examples your ancestors were for your generation. We need more who are willing to work for things rather than feel they are entitled to have what others have