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Brown would add needed voice

Today’s woman has come into her own, venturing into “a man’s job” and “breaking glass ceilings” as they progress. Women are engineers, doctors, CEOs and astronauts, to mention a few. And don’t forget about politics, where their perspectives add a new dimension. Throughout history, women have played important parts, and we realize more every day just how much they add to the mix as clearly seen when two local women sat on City Council. There were questions and debates before passing anything that helped us understand what that particular issue was and how it would affect everyone.

Women bring a new dimension to politics, offer refreshing ideas and ask pertinent questions. If we women are seen as spending all the money and making all the decisions, shouldn’t we also have a hand in shaping the very things that will rule our lives? Isn’t our duty to ask how much will it cost and where the money is coming from?

These are reason enough to turn out and vote, especially for women who are trying to make a difference. Learn who the candidates are, what they stand for and support them with your vote – as you can do for Liz Brown. She has fought for all of us, asked questions and represented us. Brown has been there for the people, asking questions and trying to hold down excessive spending. I admire Brown for her courage to stand up for all of us by not remaining quiet but asking questions we all need answers to. Brown is a candidate for the people who listens then works to solve the problems. Your vote for Brown will be appreciated.

ROSIE O’GRADY Fort Wayne

Mothers have special juggling act

I’ve read many of the articles questioning why more women are not involved in politics. A recent conversation with a gentleman revealed how working mothers and women in politics are viewed by some in the community.

The gent, not knowing his offense, asked me with all sincerity, “When do you spend time with your daughter?” I smiled as thoughts of how to properly respond circled my mind. I wanted to ask whether he posed that same question to the large group of male politicians in the room. Instead, I simply asked, “Don’t you think it’s amazing how women in politics find the strength to share their personal time, in order to pay it forward for all the world’s children? It makes the time with family that much more valuable.”

My hat goes off to every mother. I especially appreciate the sacrifices made by those who work outside the home and support their community.

SHARON TUCKER Candidate for Allen County Council District 1

Assessor hopeful has experience

I am running for Allen County assessor. My qualifications include obtaining the Level III assessor/appraiser certification and holding the designation of certified tax representative. In addition, I have 13 years experience working in the assessor’s office and more than four years as the service manager of a property tax consulting firm. I possess the skills, ability and determination to lead the assessor’s office in a positive direction.

While serving as the appeals deputy in Allen County, I had the opportunity to assist many taxpayers with their property tax appeals.

My responsibilities also enabled me to visit businesses and organizations throughout the county. I conducted inspections of properties in almost every township. My knowledge base expanded when I moved to the private sector. I gained a new perspective on viewing assessment practices and obtained a more objective technique to communicate with taxpayers.

The position of assessor isn’t a means to obtain personal accolades but an opportunity to give back to the taxpayers of Allen County.

With changes on the horizon, Allen County voters deserve an assessor who is willing to work for them: an individual who is skilled and confident to discuss assessment matters with homeowners and business owners, someone who offers to meet with you at your property to review your concerns in person.

This task may seem daunting; however, I am up for this challenge. I look forward to the opportunity to make a difference in Allen County. I know with your vote on May 6, we can accomplish great things in our hometown.

Thank you for your support.

KIMBERLY KLERNER Fort Wayne

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