By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
It's May 18, 2015 - scarcely 24 hours before the polls open and Philadelphians go to cast their votes for their choice of Mayor, Judge, City Council At Large Representation, and a host of other offices and issues.
I truly hope you've been following the campaign with interest and concern, because it impacts the future of Philadelphians all over the globe - as well as right here at home.
I am neither diplomatic or subtle when it comes to voicing my choice, or in recommending that others follow suit. I have a tendency to do my homework up front; scrutinize the individual, his or her track record, how they interact with other people; what they've done or tried to do for people, whether they were running for office or not - i.e., what are they doing when we're not paying attention - and based on that, make a decision as to whether or not I would back them.
So I'm using the "keep it simple sweety -(KISS)" method in terms of relating my support for them to you - I think their records have been exemplary and speak for themselves:
KAI SCOTT JUDGE COURT OF COMMOM PLEAS
As you can see, my choice for Judge in the Court of Common Pleas is KAI SCOTT - because she's intelligent, well thought out, personable, humane, down to earth, disciplined and dedicated - I found this through observing her interactions with some of the senior citizens in the community, as well as with recent college graduates, and rank and file residents of Philadelphia. She's not just a "glad hander", but a person who remembers you the next time she sees you, and is fully engaged in who you are and what you're about. That should in large measure stand her in good stead for the role as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
BLONDELL REYNOLDS BROWN FOR CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE
Again, personable, down to earth, is fully engaged in programs for youth, and is hands on in her approach. This is her fourth term for a good reason - she cares and continues to put people first.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is the only woman to win a Philadelphia At-Large Council seat since 1999. On January 2, 2012 she was elected Majority Whip, and is the only woman serving in City Council Leadership. Councilwoman Reynolds Brown is dedicated to enriching the lives of Philadelphia residents by “Putting People First.” She is an educator, community activist, political leader and concerned parent, committed to helping others. Born, raised, and attended school in Philadelphia all her life, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Education, both from Penn State University. She taught elementary school in Philadelphia School District. After pursuing a dancing career, she taught dance and subsequently became a member of Phildanco (The Philadelphia Dance Company).
TONY WILLIAMS - ANTHONY HARDY WILLIAMS FOR MAYOR OF PHILADELPHIA
His track record in Harrisburg, as well as in his own community; his interaction with organizations and individuals who have the interests and concerns of Philadelphia residents as their priority; the fact that he makes the hard choices and the heart choices with the future of Philadelphians across the board in mind - his savvy about dealing with legislators from the state level to the local level, and has consistently been the unsung hero behind a great many legislations that have benefited Philadelphians. He's congenial, easy to talk to, down to earth, well thought out, disciplined, discerning, disciplined - with just the right touch of humor.
He's also not a push over, and not for sale. He also knows who he is and what and who his constituency is in Philadelphia and has consistently stated:
Black Americans in Philadelphia are not "minorities" - we represent the largest ethnic group in the state of Pennsylvania - there is no way we should be called "minorities" or treated like one. It's time to make sure that the "majority" rules, and has a mayor who will stand for what we need - good paying jobs, quality education in quality schools, with qualified teachrs; decent, clean, affordable homes; decent affordable available health care, and an environment in which all Philadelphians can thrive, grow, interact and benefit from having a mayor who puts them first. Not someone who is being pushed forward by a group who wants to set us back 50 years.
This is why I'm supporting Anthony Hardy Williams for Mayor of Philadelphia -
When you go to the polls on Tuesday, make sure you take some friends and relatives with you - make it a positive outing and VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT - BECAUSE IT DOES!!!
NOW THAT YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
Stay Blessed &