Politicians need to come from place of ‘yes’

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I’m a Republican, run the party for the county and am a member of the Lansing Republican Committee. For as long as I’ve been in politics, I’ve tried to make my party representative of all people - middle class, poor, rich, men, women, children. I’ve been joined in that by like-minded people who give their time and money into bringing a distinct message to the voters of Lansing and Tompkins County: that our representatives will start from a place of “Yes.”

It seems as though many people don’t know how political parties work. If they’ve never been active, there’s really no reason for them to, so I’m hoping this appeal will reach some of you who may have never been involved but want to be.

The goal, like most organizations, is to have a pyramid - a person to run the county party, each town then has a chair and then if you’re very good, each precinct or district in each town or city has a captain. From there, you have committee people.

The job of the party is to, number one, register voters. Close behind that is finding candidates to run for office. That’s become more challenging, as many don’t like the animosity that politics sometimes brings. That’s all done while raising money to support candidates, fund voter outreach to register people and bring more people into the committees.

The raising money part is difficult for many. It’s a main part of my involvement with the party. Without money and people, it’s impossible to bring your message to voters. For the Tompkins County Republicans, that message is … Yes.

What does that mean? That means when the Lansing drop-in-center wanted to add hours, Ed LaVigne didn’t say, “No, we don’t have the money.” He said, “How much will that be? How do we get there?”

Or when the rural library wanted new healthcare options and I talked with them about the county healthcare consortium and brought the idea of them joining to the consortium. I and the consortium didn’t start at “they don’t qualify,” but rather, “it’s unusual, but maybe,” and sure enough, now the library has that option.

When the power plant knew it could no longer survive, it didn’t just close. They said, “How can we go forward?” and the idea of a data center came forward with the support of LaVigne, me, the county and the activists who wanted the plant closed.

Not everyone is in a position to give money to a cause they support. Some give time, and some give money; we accept both. Donations pay for voter outreach through mailers, voter registration, lawn signs and palm cards.

It will allow us to continue our party’s goal of representing everyone in town, from the person who struggles to make ends meet, to the person who wants to grow their already successful business, and from the person looking for daycare, to the senior looking for transportation.

I want a political party that will be there for everyone. If you have time, give it, if you have money, give it.

Please look up the Tompkins GOP on Facebook for the latest information on elections, the party’s stances and how to get involved, or you can text me at 607-339-7978 or email me at mike.sigler@yahoo.com.

We’re a local issues party. You won’t find long discussions on areas we have no control over. But if it’s a pothole you want fixed, a speed limit lowered, a business moved in, a neighbor dispute addressed, we’ll be there for you, and we hope you’ll join us to do the same for others.

Early voting has already started. You can vote today and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crash Fire Rescue, 72 Brown Rd. by the airport or at the Ithaca Town Hall on Tioga Street in the City of Ithaca.

Please vote Ed LaVigne, Judy “Munson” Drake and Jeff “Otto” Norman in Lansing, Pete Hoyt, Dallas Micha, Karyn Scott and Tony Tavelli in Caroline, and Ronald Szymanski in Dryden!

The Republican View is published in the last edition of each month.

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