When I started bringing issues to councilpersons related to the needs of families and the youth of Oak Ridge, one of the councilpersons said to me, “If these people are so concerned, then why are they not at the town council meetings?”. That revealed a truth that has become the backbone of my campaign. Families are too busy being families to get involved in politics. They assume their elected leaders have their best interests at heart. However, if those leaders are not in touch with your needs, then can they be expected to understand?
“Parents are too busy with homework and sports to chase down all the issues related to the family, that is why they need a voice. They need someone who is actively involved with the needs of our children.”
Take, for example, something as simple as basketball courts. When presented with this idea, some on the council said the people did not want them. One councilman said that basketball courts would draw the wrong kind of element. They rejected the idea.
“Not wanting basketball courts tells me that they don’t understand what we as parents go through in this age. We need places for our kids to go and get away from Fortnite and other addictive computer games. They need to have an afterschool or summer place to meet with other kids under a park supervised atmosphere”