Driving in Geneva today I saw a car with a bumper sticker of the equality sign... underneath the 🚫 sign. Putting aside for a second that hating equality goes against the foundational beliefs that created the United States in the first place, I had to laugh. I suppose I could've cried or got mad. But I laughed.
I laughed because I know that's not who we are.
I laughed because I know that kind of hatred and anger doesn't win the long-term game.
I laughed because I'm reminded every day by the people in my wider neighborhood that we are not a place of extremes like what that bumper sticker represented. We meet in the middle. We discuss - and we may disagree - but we share many foundational beliefs.
I know that the Naperville I grew up in and live in now is full of people who respect each other and meet in the middle every day. I know that the majority of people in our area think we need elected officials who act with integrity and respect toward each other. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, I know that most of you are moderates and understand that easy answers are hardly ever the right answers.
I'm looking forward to the next few months: meeting more of my neighbors, learning more about you, and (hopefully) proving to you that I'm the right person to represent our neighborhood at the county level.