I’ve lived in the 58th State House District for nearly 6th years. For most of those years, I’ve struggled to see and understand what our current state rep – Mary Pruitt – is doing to represent the north side of town. Pruitt has served the community for a long time. Her laundry list of organizations and associations is impressive. Her lack of presence in our part of the community and her apparent lack of interest in my (and surrounding) neighborhood(s) negates the resume’ for me. Ms. Pruitt deserves respect for her past, but continuing to vote for someone I’ve seen in our community three times* in six years doesn’t work for me. Especially when we once again have a good alternative.
Steve Turner exudes energy, and he knows the north end. I don’t agree with everything he has supported (I am not a big convention center fan in regard to the revenue drain) but the disagreement, even on that issue, is not a litmus test. Going forward, issues such as the digital divide and community development including jobs and education are issues that Turner seems to not only ‘get’ but has the knowledge and know-how to pursue positively. His background in technology fits with the 21st century needs of our community. His knowledge of our community and its issues is in stark contrast with his opponent, who in a recent visit to our neighborhood association had not bothered to bone up on any issues affecting our part of town.
My reach and my influence are probably laughable, when it comes to endorsements, but I am happy to vote for Steve Turner, and I urge any of you who are uncertain about the 58th, or uncertain whether to vote, please consider voting for Steve. We live in an interesting and evolving district. Our potential is enormous. Turner gets the future. Pruitt lives in the past.
*two of those times were when she was running for re-election/campaign appearances.