.Originally posted on April 1, 2020.
As April begins, life seems to have turned upside down for many, if not all of us. Even those who have a job, and thus have fewer stresses about whether they will be able to pay their bills, are dealing with enormous stress. Those whose jobs put them on the front lines of this disease—from the convenience store worker, to the checker at the grocery store, the truck driver, the fast food worker, the trash pick-up folks, the caregivers, the nurses, doctors, and other first responders—are working tirelessly to do their jobs and hoping against hope that they don’t get sick or bring illness home to their families or the people they serve.
I’ve been working too—ensuring that the essential work of government can continue; working with national, state, and local stakeholders to adapt to the challenges of this pandemic; helping citizens navigate this new environment; searching for more resources—from physical assets, to space, to mental health services—to keep our community functioning and well.
In the midst of this health and economic crisis, I have learned that, as of Monday, four men had filed as Republicans for this seat. I am the sole Democrat to have filed. Let me be very clear. I would be honored to serve Boone County Missouri for a third term as the Northern District Commissioner.
Several friends and even some family members (!!!) have already asked where to send funds to support my campaign. I am telling you now what I have told them. I so appreciate your support and your offer of financial support. Right now, however, our community has the greater need.
I know my decision to ask you to help our community in this time of crisis is the right one. This morning, when I opened a lenten meditations message, I found these words particularly relevant: “Since there will never cease to be someone in need on the earth, I therefore command you, ‘Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.’ Deuteronomy 15:11.” The writer of the meditations, which included this verse, is a member of the clergy in Manhattan, Kansas. He reminded his readers that the invitation is personal. We are told to not harden ourselves to the need by labeling it as “systemic” or political, or just too big to address. No—this IS personal. In this time and space, it is our community—full of friends, family, colleagues, and yes, strangers—who need our help.
I’ve provided this information before, but I’ll provide it again now. If you NEED help or you can GIVE help, please go to CoMoHelps—Get Help, Give Help. You can access it easily by going to showmeboone.com and you will find the link on the home page.