Letter: Time for a change in the 5th District



I haven’t met Susan Brooks. She doesn’t hold very many pubic meetings or discussions with her constituents. In fact, she usually holds what she calls “listening” sessions, which are one-on-one, instead of holding open town hall-style meetings where many people can meet and discuss issues with Brooks. She is not very available to the citizens of the state she represents.

I have met Dee Thornton, however. I met her in her campaign office in Carmel, where she was available to speak to anyone who walked in. We talked about politics and about issues, and I made the decision that she will be the candidate for whom I vote in November. 

Susan Brooks votes in line with Trump’s position 98.9 percent of the time  (projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/house/). Trump didn’t even get 98 percent of the vote in Indiana, so Brooks’ failure to seek out her own opinions and those of her constituents on issues disturbs me. 

I want to vote for a candidate who thinks independently about issues and does not simply follow the party line. 

Dee Thornton thinks for herself. She supports raising the minimum wage; she laments the $5 million that have been diverted from Indiana’s public schools to charter schools and opposes vouchers for religious institutions. Thornton supports the Second Amendment but would like to reinstate the ban on assault weapons, ban bump stocks, raise the gun purchase age to 21 and strengthen background checks on those who wish to purchase weapons. She believes that climate change is real and supports national legislation that protects the environment. 

I agree with Dee Thornton on these issues, and our current representative has done nothing to support any of these concerns. I know the person for whom I will vote in November — and I will vote. I’m voting for Dee Thornton. 

It’s time for a change in the Fifth Congressional District. You can find more Dee Thornton information at deethorntonforcongress.com.

Patricia Grabill


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