When I was a young girl, my grandma always told me, “Be sure to vote every election. We did not always have that right.” With great gravity do I feel this responsibility. So when voting in Carmel, sometimes that means voting for a Republican, even though I am a Democrat.
I read in last week’s Current in Carmel that Dee Thornton was shocked to find out the state considered her a Republican because she voted in the last municipal primary, especially since she previously ran for Congress in the 5th District as a Democrat.
It seems crazy and undemocratic to expect that we should only vote for someone in our party and therefore abstain from voting if no one from said party is on the ballot. If the person running on your party’s ticket is not the most qualified, then it does not seem to be in one’s best interest to vote for that person, either.
Voting for the person that can get the job done seems like good decision-making. That is why, even though Dee is on the Democratic ticket, Republicans and Independents should be looking at Dee Thornton. She is extremely qualified as a former business executive for a Fortune 500 Company. Dee is a leader, a problem-solver and she has integrity. Dee Thornton has already been listening to constituent’s concerns and has been educating voters on the issues. Last election, Dee received 44 percent of the vote, which is amazing for a grassroots campaign.
I think we should all vote and vote for the most qualified candidate. In my opinion, that is Dee Thornton.
Beth Kurlander, Carmel