After over three years and fifty plus articles, I remain a proud writer for PolitiChicks. Part of that pride is that I share these pages with some of the best writers in America. Writers that produce articles that are well researched, articulate, and reflect the better, yet varied, parts of America. As writers for PolitiChicks, we write from the better side of our angels and our patriotism is an active principle.
Yet, it is one thing to write about social issues and political points of view, it is entirely another form of active principle to run for public office. To run for office to institute real change is a broad moral compass that I respect, even if I have no desire to run for office. I am a writer and a musician, not a politician.
Authenticity is a rare character trait. There is far more rhetorical repartee than reality in the current news cycle. It is sometimes easy to lose hope within the wail of the media and our barely conscious political process.
Yet, there are times that I am lucky to have met authentic people. Citizens committed to real change. Citizens that give me hope.
My fellow PolitiChicks writer, Katherine Daigle, is one of those citizens. Katherine is currently running for the Mayoral seat for the City of Irvine, California in the November 2018 election. I first became aware of Katherine when we both had articles, among a stellar cast of fellow writers, in the published collection, PolitiChicks: A Clarion Call to Political Activism. In reading this collection, I was particularly impressed with an article of Katherine’s in the Clarion Call collection entitled, “Women In Politics And Why I Chose To Run For Public Office.” In particular, one passage from this article struck home with me:
“I like to think of myself as a self-made American success story. From decidedly humble beginnings, after years of hard work and schooling I now hold an MBA, allowing me to achieve success in my professional career, which has spanned the fields of law, finance and executive business management. My family, the pride and joy of my life and my single greatest accomplishment, embody the spirit of self determination. My husband is an equal partner who encourages my accomplishments, while our grown daughter is a bio-scientist and will be furthering her education in medicine.”
Self-determination is the key to authenticity in my perception and my actions in this life. Equally important to me is the embracement of a family structure as the most important support structure. Katherine’s background has prepared her for her next career path in politics.
The City of Irvine, California should be grateful that Katherine Daigle is not a traditional politician. California’s citizens are suffering from fiscal mismanagement and a liberal monopoly. This is true on both a state and local level. The people of California need people with common sense that understand how to balance a check book and live within their means.
I recently had a few phone conversations and e-mail correspondences with Katherine. I find her to be a very down to earth person who is quite capable in her experience for the office of Mayor of Irvine. Part of her vision for Irvine is as follows:
“I believe Irvine’s commitment to the public safety, transportation, infrastructure and affordable housing is imperative in order to meet the design and expectations of the community’s master plan then and now.”
Because of the complacency and duplicity inherent in California politics, both statewide and on a local level, there is a need for fiscal responsibility and a real plan, in this case, for Irvine. Katherine Daigle speaks from an experience with an active background in fiscal responsibility. Concerning the Master Plan for Irvine, Daigle further states:
“Irvine’s master plan update is long overdue, in order to meet the objectives outlined above a master plan redevelopment for Irvine’s future must be expanded. The City’s environmental influences and the physical and mental health of its residents is at its capacity.
The plan should identify the best practices for designing new communities and revitalizing the old ones in ways that promote infrastructure that supports safety and transportation, physical and mental health of the whole community.”
In 2018 America, innovations in politics are going to continue to come from members of the private sector, like Katherine Daigle. To institute change, beyond campaign slogans, it is necessary to not owe or be owned by any private business interest or any drooling lobbyist. The people need to come first, for our legacy and for our children’s future. Paying attention to the needs of the citizens of Irvine, California is not the legacy of the previous administration of Irvine’s City Hall.
After getting to know Katherine, I feel that she is best choice for Mayor for Irvine, California. Ethics and standards of principle do not need to be lofty, arcane practices that only remain outside of politics. California has gone to wild extremes that are Socialist in their execution. Now it is time for Irvine to experience an attack of applied common sense.
It is Katherine Daigle’s time to maintain the economy and safety of Irvine as its Mayor. Irvine is one of the safer cities in the United States. But the hardworking citizens of Irvine need an infrastructure and homes built to their needs. They need someone like Katherine Daigle, someone who has never taken a dishonest nickel. Katherine has my support and hopefully she has yours.
For more information go to katherinedaigle.com