Every January, our state representatives head to Annapolis to propose, debate, and eventually pass legislation with the responsibility of properly representing us, their constituents. Each year, I keep a close eye on legislation that will impact my community and I consistently write to the District 4 representatives — namely, Sen. Michael Hough.
Whether I am writing to his office to convey my views on conversion therapy or my questions about his vote against the capital budget, I consistently reach out to Sen. Hough’s office throughout the 90-day legislative session. However, Sen. Hough does not reply until sometime in mid-April, when I will receive an email from his staff addressing my (now moot) concerns.
Perhaps Hough has done the political calculus and decided that he does not need to represent, or be responsive to, the constituents in District 4 — only those who will fill his coffers and help him keep his seat. Or maybe he’s just too busy working for West Virginia Congressman Alex Mooney, and the people of West Virginia, to respond to his own constituents. Whatever the reason, Sen. Hough is unresponsive, irresponsible and negligent.
After nearly four years of this inattentive representation in the Senate, I was excited to hear about the candidate running against Michael Hough. I reached out to Jessica Douglass, heard her talk about why she was running, and I immediately knew she would be a different type of leader. Jessica is dependable, hardworking, and ready to serve our community.
While Hough’s campaign finance reports have pages and pages of PAC money listed, Jessica’s campaign is fueled by small donations and earnest volunteers. Jessica’s Twitter and Facebook feeds are full of infographics about voting locations, articles about top issues, and photographs of her and her family in the community. Meanwhile, Hough’s social media is a platform for partisan bickering.
Jessica approaches the issues facing Frederick and Carol counties with compassion and an eagerness to bring solutions and advocacy to Annapolis, while showing her willingness to learn from others and hear out various points of view. As a teacher and a mother, Jessica brings a desire to serve and a repertoire of problem-solving skills much needed in this seat.
I’m voting for Jessica Douglass because I know she will not only be a strong voice for District 4 in Annapolis, but also a listening ear.