Letter to the Editor By "Lynne Gillis"
- Lynne Gills explains why you should vote for Sue Kullen
- Respect matters and that is why I urge you to vote for Sue Kullen for Delegate. When Sue first took office, I requested to meet with her and the members of the Humane Society Club of Huntingtown High School. Sue met with us at a local coffee shop to learn about the horrors of chained dogs in our community. I, several parents and about 10 high school students expressed our concerns. Here is what Sue did: she listened, she treated us with respect, she made us feel welcome, and she genuinely cared. Several years later she proposed a bill that gave our local government the right to revise our animal control laws. This change has provided for some much needed protections for the dogs and cats in our community. In fact, every single time I have spoken to Sue about issues that matter to me, I always leave feeling like I was really heard, respected and cared about. I am a registered Republican, and due to zoning changes, I cannot vote for Sue in November. If I could, I would vote for Sue Kullen. I still walked neighborhoods with her and helped her campaign in a few other ways. I did this because I know she truly cares about what all of us think. She is a genuine person with an open mind. She is reasonable and kind. She is a person of good character who has no agenda other than to serve the citizens of Calvert County. She will listen to you no matter what your concern.
Mr. Fisher has not impressed me as much. When my high school club went to Annapolis for Humane Lobby Day in 2013, Mr. Fisher was over 25 minutes late for our appointment, which had been set weeks prior. He claimed to not even know we were on the calendar. My club had to raise over $400 to take this trip, and my students were very excited to meet with him. When we tried to tell him our concerns, he stopped us, and made sure we understood his position. When he did not vote in the affirmative for the Spay and Neuter bill, we sent him a letter expressing our dissatisfaction. What did he do, he called the former superintendent of the school system to complain. Our letter did thank him for his time, but we had every right to express to him that we were disappointed that he did not vote for such an important bill. Mr. Fisher had his aide call me a few days later to ask if I’d meet for coffee. I politely declined. The Spay and Neuter bill did pass overwhelmingly in Annapolis, by the way, in spite of very few who opposed it. The following year Mr. Fisher treated us with much more respect. But then again, it is an election year and he could have possibly felt bad about the prior year.
The way you make people feel is critical when you serve as a leader. You can still vote with your beliefs and your party behind you, but you can do it in a way that leaves a trail of respect behind. That’s what I want in Annapolis.
Lynne A. Gillis