Here is what Shirley has to say:
In the upcoming SEPTEMBER 16 PRIMARY ELECTION, Sonia will be on the ballot running against current Senator Dianne Wilkerson. We have known Sonia for 3 years now and have been impressed by her commitment to bringing integrity and openness, along with her progressive attitude, to our State Senate seat. Sonia is a former school teacher who worked as an aide for former State Senator Cheryl Jacques, work that has given her great experience in understanding and addressing educational, social and economic needs of our community.
While both are liberals, there are important differences:
– Sonia does not support the bioterror lab, opposes wasteful corporate welfare, and believes public funds must be dedicated to long-term community infrastructure, not used as a “grab-bag” of favors.
– Sonia would support clean election laws, which Dianne has voted against.
– And most important, Sonia’s ethical, accountable leadership will help counter citizens’ growing cynicism about government, and encourage confidence in public investment for progressive programs.
I hope you will join us for a fun evening to meet the candidate, reconnect with old friends and meet new ones — and hopefully to donate to Sonia’s campaign. If you can’t come, please consider making a contribution anyway. You can find out more and donate at www.soniachangdiaz.com.
Remember — even if Sonia is not your district senator, the person in that office makes decisions affecting us all. And unlike Dianne Wilkerson, Sonia can’t look to big developers and corporations for campaign funds; this is grassroots all the way!
I would like to add that we are all aware of the saying ‘think globally act locally’. Many here at BMG have spoken about GWB and the White House operating above the law. I believe we need to clean up our own house, before criticizing others. As recently as last weekend at the Caribbean Day Parade there were Wilkerson banners attached to public lights, poles, etc. a well known violation of campaign laws. Her transgressions are many and well cited, it is time for a change to fellow progressive who believes in openness, transparency and playing by the rules.
I hope you will join us, enjoy a drink or two, I know I’m certainly interested in meeting many of you!
If you can, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org, but don’t be shy about just coming by.