Let’s Make Wins Like This Happen In Niagara, Ontario This Coming Fall
A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted June 27th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
You might wonder what the stunning victory of 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a Democratic election primary in the Bronx and Queens, New York this June 27th has to do with our greater Niagara region and why we would post anything about it here.
Well, in a sense it has nothing to do with our region, but in at least one way, it could be a great source of hope and inspiration for those in Niagara, Ontario hoping to campaign, possibly against big odds and money, for real change for the better in this coming October’s municipal elections.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders campaign organizers in her native New York City, was, among other things, working as a waitress a year ago and began her campaign to unseat 10-term establishment Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley and run for a congressional seat of her own in the upcoming fall elections in the U.S. with virtually nothing in the way of funding.
By working hard at the doors of people in her district and, as she explained on MSNBC’s cable news program Morning Joe this June 27th, staying “laser focused” on ideas for making everyday peoples’ lives and their communities better, she beat Crowley handily in a race where he was so cock sure he was going to get re-elected, he continued to spending much of his time during the campaign in Washington and at one point, sent a surrogate to stand in for him at a candidate’s debate.
Watching Ocasio-Cortez on the Morning Joe program following her big win only hours before certainly filled me with hope that all is not lost in her country, or here in Niagara, Ontario, where at some campaigns in the coming municipal elections are bound to be tough and turn hot – especially for young and new candidates who at least some of us hope can unseat a number of incumbents that have, in this reporter’s view, turned municipal governance in Niagara divisive and ugly.
I thought of younger people like Haley Bateman of St. Catharines, who has already registered her name to run for regional council and other good people who are thinking of registering as candidates before the July 27th deadline while I watched Ocasio-Cortez this morning. I thought of them with more hope that they can do here what Ocasio-Cortez did this June 27th in the boroughs of New York City.
If you are looking for some hope and inspiration, you can watch the Morning Joe interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez too, by clicking on the following screen –
Let’s all do ourselves and the future of our communities in Niagara by getting engaged now in the coming municipal elections.
You can find out more by clicking on the following link for the citizens’ sponsored “Better Niagara” effort to make a difference in the elections this October – http://www.abetterniagara.com .
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