Sue Brown - Valparaiso City Council, District 1
As a reporter for two of the most circulated newspapers here in Northwest Indiana for some decades, I covered mostly politicians, sometimes at their finest but mostly at their worst. It's not a job for the faint-hearted because it serves up daily how the political divide of our two-party system can warp the very players we entrust, at least in theory, to protect the general welfare.
That delicate balance, if it ever really genuinely existed, has reached the abyss, culminating with the election of an arch "businessman," long called for by the Republican flank to solve our problems. This happened in large measure due to the Democratic flank forsaking its role as the "people's party" for now some 30 years or more.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em is how the saying goes. How has that worked out for us?
As I write this, though, there's a kind of velvet glove revolution going on across the Atlantic. It's being led by the Green Party, a third option, Republicans and Democrats insist, is impossible here in the U.S.
But is it?
The concerned citizens I've met while canvassing here in Valparaiso didn't say so.
Change is being demanded and in turn ranked choice voting is gaining traction as is the call for proportional representation and the removal of the Electoral College.
Here in one of the reddest states of the union, the Green Party is on the upswing running candidates for local office like never before in the state's history.
My job as a "government watchdog" was done in the spirit of public service. So will be election to public office as a member of the Valparaiso City Council where decisions should be made to lift every resident to a safe and secure life, not just a select few.
I look forward to the next few months in hopes of a better government built on the Green Party four pillars of grassroots democracy, a healthy environment, social justice and nonviolence.
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