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First-time voter, longtime Cunniff fan

Adrian Kley

I participated in my first political campaign at age 3, from a little red wagon being pulled in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. I was supporting open space that year. Since that time, I’ve participated in many elections in a variety of ways — making phone calls to voters, walking door-to-door, and yes, even being in more parades, though walking or biking on my own.

Through all these elections, I was never able to vote, but that all changes this spring; I turned 18 in February, so I will be participating in our municipal election.

Growing up, my best buddy and neighbor happened to be a City Council member. Over the years, I observed as much as I could about the political happenings across the street, and these glimpses into the local political world left me with the conclusion that my neighbor’s work was a large component of the community’s well-being. When I need to get to school these days, it’s important that the roads are plowed. When I was playing lots of baseball, it was great to have well-maintained baseball diamonds. And on weekends when I went hiking and biking with my parents and older brother, having plenty of trails to choose from was awesome.

I live in District 5, so I get to vote for who will be our next City Council representative. I will be voting for Ross Cunniff. I’ve known him for about 10 years, and he’s a good guy — honest, trustworthy, a hard worker, and he has done a lot of work on the issues that are important to my family and me.

I want to urge those of you who also live in District 5 to vote for Ross too. He’ll keep this place we call home a great place to live.