Champaign County Young Democrats Endorse Emily Rodriguez
Reposted from Champaign County Young Democrats Facebook page.
For District 8, we heartily endorse Emily Rodriguez for County Board. We've talked a lot about Emily since she announced her candidacy because she's blown us away with her intelligence, policy positions, and deep sense of social justice. If you aren't following her campaign's facebook page, here's what she posted after the LWV/NAACP/NG Candidate Forum:
"The Champaign County Board has been bogged down by outdated ideas and lethargic leadership. For the past decade, 25% of our neighbors have been trapped below the poverty level. That’s much higher than any comparable county in Illinois, and it means Champaign County needs to make a change. I believe the Board should be a safety net for communities that are hurting. I'm fighting for progressive policies that aim to break the cycle of generational poverty and reduce its harms.
We often hear the myth that the County Board has no serious authority, and that it should limit its concerns to facilities--but it’s up to voters to determine the responsibilities and powers of County Board. As I prepared for this forum discussion, I thought a lot about Barack Obama. He advises candidates to run for office to solve problems— 'it’s about doing a job, not personality.' The problem I want to solve is poverty. I think the discussion drew a clear contrast between myself and that of my opponent.
Here’s the full quote from Obama: 'If you look at the world and look at the problems it's usually old people, usually old men, not getting out of the way," he said. "It is important for political leaders to try and remind themselves that you are there to do a job, but you are not there for life, you are not there in order to prop up your own sense of self importance or your own power.'""It's about doing a job, not a personality."