The Single-Issue Candidate

I have heard that in certain corners of JoCo and in various virtual places on the interwebs there are those who are putting forth the proposition that mine is a single issue candidacy.  I confess to being a bit perplexed by the accusation, since, as you will notice there at the top of this website is a pull-down tab labeled "Issues."  Plural, with an 's' on the end.  Click it, and a list of 13 issues appears (13>1).  And that's not even all the ones I talk about when campaigning.

Then it hit me, and I said to myself: "Hold on a second, if there are some out there who think that way, then I must not being doing a very good job of getting the word out."  There could also be a certain amount of confusion caused by the fact that I tend to look at things rather holistically.  All of these issues, like all of life, are tied together - they have impacts upon each other.  So maybe I am talking about just one issue - it's just that it's one really big, complex issue.

Because I come from the profession of hospitality, I talk about food a lot.  Food of course is tied to everything we humans do.  But it is tied most closely to the soil.  How we treat the soil of course affects our water.  Our water problems in JoCo and throughout Iowa affect our ability to be a resilient community.  Resilient communities are regenerative communities, they support themselves sustainably, including everyone in the community, by providing energy, by providing meaningful work, lifting barriers to employment like transportation, respecting everyone's inherent worth and dignity, and seeing to it that they have homes to feel safe in.  In those homes, they gather around tables to share healthful food, that comes from the healthy soil, that traps carbon well to stave off global warming.  The effects of global warming hit the economically disadvantaged populations the hardest, which add to the injustices they are already experiencing, exacerbating poverty, worsening food insecurities, which brings us back to food.

So if someone is telling you that mine is a single issue candidacy, please ask which issue they believe that is, and then tell them about what you just read.  This race is not about me, nor even about you.  It's about all of us, because as the late great Paul Wellstone famously said, "We all do better when we ALL do better."   ~kmf