The Horse Race

 

The media loves the financial horse race. Who has raised the most money is an easy story to write, but it doesn’t have a nickels worth to do with Tucson Values and what the candidates stand for.

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history. She stood for a woman’s right to get an education and was shot doing so. She once said, “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

I am not taking campaign donations. No horse race story there. The story is asking you to donate the funds you would otherwise have given to my campaign to a nonprofit, a local group that is a “powerful voice” in this community.

My staff and I have worked on behalf of trafficking victims, refugees, and the homeless. I’ve been steadfast on issues like gun control and animal welfare. Each of those categories has a series of nonprofits that need your financial support.

Don’t just “take the money out of politics.” Shift it to a group that’s working on behalf of the underserved. You won’t get any glossy flyers sent to your home that are “Paid for by Vote Steve K.” You won’t see any factory finished signs cluttering our intersections “Paid for by Vote Steve K.”

But I hope you’ll react to the needs around us. Take the political money and turn it into productive money. Then let the media know. It’d be a more interesting story than looking into campaign check books.

Tucson values nonprofits in need. I’m asking you to help them during this campaign season. Your donations become that powerful voice speaking a message that matters.

Sincerely,
Steve Kozachik
Tucson City Council, Ward 6

Ballots are in the mail now for this all-mail election.

Author: Ken Taylor

I am a relatively recent Armory Park resident (2/16) along with my wife, Donna and our little dog Lulu. In our 7+ decades, Donna and I lived over 30 years in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Arizona. We have been Arizona residents for 16 years before coming here including 12 in Green Valley and four in west Tucson. We love the neighborhood for its history, walkability and interesting residents. Lulu insists on walking every day so you may see us following her around and picking up trash to keep our neighborhood presentable.

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