There is everything to be said for educating yourself with an open mind about the political candidates before elections. What do you look for? How do you separate the chaff from the grain? Sometimes it’s difficult, if not impossible. Quantity of words does not equal quality of words (i.e. content). Distortions are rampant, as are outright lies.
In the 1980s, I considered it an honor and privilege to work for, and in the office of, a United States Congressman. It’s a time I’ll always treasure for the unique education it provided and a window into the inner workings of politics — especially campaigns. Soon I was learning what to look for and better able to determine “the good, the bad, and the ugly,” so to speak.
The one candidate in recent years who stands head and shoulders above the rest (literally and figuratively) as the “best of the best” is state Sen. Michael Frerichs. We, in this district, are lucky to have him represent us, and the state of Illinois is the better for it as well.
Sen. Frerichs is a hard-working, dedicated, honest, caring and compassionate person, available to his constituents; and this consistently has been my experience whenever I’ve met with him. If I had to give one short, succinct sentence to sum up Sen. Michael Frerichs, it would be this: “He is a man of integrity.”
Diana D. Schutz
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