A few days ago I was asked by a fellow Democrat, “Who was I supporting for the Democratic nomination to represent the new PA1 congressional district?” I answered Rachel Reddick, but was disappointed that there was no follow up question as to why I was supporting her. The goal of all Democrats, and of, I expect, every responsible citizen, is to elect a Congressional representative who will reliably stand up for people and principles, one who will hold the current administration in Washington accountable for its words and actions and truth. The goal is, and should be, to replace our current representative in Congress, who has failed us on this responsibility, and the nomination should go to the candidate who has the best chance to accomplish this goal.

That is why I was frustrated that I did not have a chance to explain my rationale. The continuing marches and enthusiasm of the young people of this nation clearly indicate that we are ready for a new direction, and are seeking new representatives who can credibly respond to that enthusiasm. I have heard from fellow Democrats that they want a candidate who can win, but I do not hear from them why their chosen candidate has the best chance to do so. We need a candidate with whom folks who are struggling in the current economic and cultural environment can identify, one who faces many of their same struggles – like paying off debt, facing discrimination, raising a family, and then balancing job responsibilities with handling these struggles. Many of these voters feel that the status quo in Washington isn’t serving them, and I expect that many are looking for a new approach. Our young people, who are just entering the voter rolls, are filled with passion and are searching for a new way, and a new voice – one that understands where they’re coming from and appreciates what they will be facing in the near future.

Ms. Reddick, in my opinion, can best fulfill the aspirations of these young voters, and these struggling voters – voters with whose help we can turn the trajectory currently set in Washington in a positive and more responsive direction. We need someone who can speak with conviction and authenticity to a majority of the people in our Congressional District. So that’s why I will be casting my vote for her in the upcoming May 15th primary.

Joe Sundeen is a resident of Lower Makefield Townsip

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