I hate politics. That may sound counter-intuitive coming from an elected Mayor, but it is true. I hate politics because I watched my state legislators refuse to sponsor, co-sponsor, or meaningfully support Zero Emission Nuclear Credit legislation that would have protected Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station. I hate politics because by failing to do so, the future of the community I represent is in peril. My school district is in such dire need of funding that they have placed two levies on the ballot. The recent “B-C-S Bridge” is nothing more than a band-aid during campaign season meant to save face to a community who is used to inaction.
I hate politics because our legislators waited until March of this year to announce action on Lake Erie, as if the lake wasn’t green enough the last several years. Toxic algae blooms have been an issue for many years, yet this is the year that our elected legislators decide to act. Why not last year when there were no political opponents to face? To us regular folks this is just another political maneuver because lifelong politicians know nothing else and will do whatever they must to stay in power and employed.
People are upset, disenfranchised and plain tired of government. I’m upset and disenfranchised. Had clear and obvious support been offered to Davis Besse last year when legislation was withering and dying without our elected representative’s support I wouldn’t be running. Had we seen a Lake Erie funding bill last year when it was needed, I wouldn’t be running. If we saw our representatives hold district hours while our General Assembly is on one of its’ recesses (like right now), I wouldn’t be running. And let’s be clear, I do not want to do this forever. Politics was never meant to be a career, and when we look at our current representation it is clear why.