I recently read a post on the contentious NextDoor app about how there are too many political signs lining our streets and how residents wish they were not so visible.
I’m the first person to say that I too, wish our lives weren’t saturated with so much politics, but it’s 2020 and human lives are depending on our votes. We simply cannot hide our heads in the desert sand.
So, what is it that I’m looking for in a candidate where everything has become red vs. blue, right vs. left, black vs. white? Humanity.
I want nothing more than a candidate who can help restore our humanity. One whom exudes integrity, honesty, empathy, and above all, heart.
These values have become a thin veil beneath masks of vitriol, selfishness and greed. Kevin Maxwell, candidate for City Council, however, is the one who can bring some humanity back to our city.
Kevin has served on the Airport Commission, the 2015 Scottsdale Bond Campaign, raised funds for sexual assault victims, supports the arts, and recognizes the demand for more comprehensive special needs programs throughout Scottsdale.
I was once told by a prominent city representative that no candidate should run solely on humanistic values, they need to be aware of infrastructure, budgets, and tax reform. Kevin encompasses both. He is co-founder of FUEL Scottsdale (Focus, Unite, Engage, Lead) whose mission is to help more residents become involved in shaping Scottsdale’s future.
When there are often too many candidates to choose from this election year, I will opt to pick the one that can work with all people, that doesn’t have his/her own personal agenda, that doesn’t race-bait or fuel controversy.
I want someone who will work with others, regardless of political affiliation, who has compassion for our fellow citizens, and who truly wants a better Scottsdale, for its people and for the future. That person is Kevin Maxwell.
Editor’s Note: Emily Hinchman, ANP-BC, RN, MSN, is a Scottsdale resident and vice-chair of the Human Relations Commission.