Letter: Vote only for Democrats

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To the Editor:

I just voted and noticed something on the ballot that surprised me. I intended to vote a straight Democratic ticket to send a message to Trump and the GOP. After voting for Kathleen James, I was about to fill in the circle for Cynthia Browning with my second vote. Then I noticed that Cynthia was running as both a Democrat and as a Republican. Although I value Cynthia's friendship and intellect, I did not use my second vote and skipped her name for the first time in many years.

In a three-way race where voters get to select two out of three, one candidate running on both tickets makes it harder if not impossible for Democrats to elect a representative that truly represents their values and brings far more energy and vision for the future than the current Republican candidate. Equally, it begs the question of why Browning would either solicit the Republican affiliation or accept and condone it. The issue is not bipartisan cooperation or team affiliation. The issue is playing with the system to gain an advantage by identifying with both parties.

At a recent rally in Mississippi, Trump said this: "I'm not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket, because this is also a referendum about me. I want you to vote. Pretend I'm on the ballot."

That's what I plan to do. This midterm election is not only about local and state issues — it's a chance to send a clear message to Washington. And that message matters all the way up and down the ticket.

I urge Democratic and Independent voters to only use one of their two votes, and vote for Kathleen James. If Cynthia is popular among Republicans, GOP support should allow her to retain her seat in the legislature. Vote Democratic to support the best candidate, Kathleen James, while sending a message to Trump, and let the local Republicans decide whether they want Cynthia Browning or Brian Keefe as their State Rep.

Jerry Skapof




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