Letter to the editor: David Keppel

Letter: Dietz a progressive

Dietz a progressive

To the editor:

Among the talented candidates running for Monroe County commissioner, Rick Dietz best embodies what makes Monroe County special. He is the only Democrat in this race to have held elected office, having served capably and compassionately on the Monroe County Council for four years. He’s served as Democratic Party chair. Rick is a demonstrated progressive leader.

Rick’s accomplishments show the causes he would champion as commissioner. He authored the County Conservation Ordinance and worked to increase the county social services fund, which thanks to Rick’s efforts, was named for the beloved departed activist Sophia Travis. Dietz also authored the Monroe County Council’s anti-RFRA resolution. Rick has consistently put his progressive ideals into action.

Rick recognizes key challenges facing the county — notably responding to the negative effects of I-69, which will cut through and divide it. Another key challenge is maintaining and adding high quality jobs. He emphasizes quality of life, technology and the creative arts as community strengths.

Rick is diplomatic and collaborative: he will work with our diverse community to make a better county government. I hope voters, my fellow activists and friends will join me to support Rick Dietz in the May Democratic primary.

David Keppel

Bloomington

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