I vote mostly for Republicans, but I have on occasion supported candidates from the rival party.
I am encouraged when I see elected officials put their tax-paying constituents above the demands of party leadership.
Recently, Lake County Councilwoman Christine Cid, D-East Chicago, voted against the Lake County income tax because she believed the promised property tax relief would be least delivered to her own constituents – the folks who put her in office to represent them and not a political boss.
More recently, Cid voted against the creation of a 911 deputy director position at a cost of $75,000 a year. Councilman Jerome Prince, D-Gary, said we need this new position “to make sure the operation is going to be fluid.” Really? Isn’t that’s why we hired Brian Hitchcock at a cost of $125,000 a year?
Hitchcock was supposed to be the most experienced 911 man in the universe. He was hired in June, hasn’t accomplished anything, and now he needs an assistant?
The citizens have a taxpayer advocate with Christine Cid, and a typical tax-and-spend liberal with Jerome Prince.
- Dan Blankenship, Lowell