I would like to publicly support candidate Matthew Martinez for Monte Vista City Council. Martinez is an honorable, enthusiastic young man, and I believe he will serve the city well. As my student for two years, Mr. Martinez was very open minded and willing to learn new things. The citizens of Monte Vista would benefit from a councilman willing to look at issues from various perspectives.
I recall a conversation I had with Martinez, some time ago, when he expressed outrage that some politicians would break with their principles in order to stay in office. I joked that he would likely do the same thing if he were in office, that he would find a way to justify keeping his job.
He was adamant that he would not, even if it meant he would have to step down from office. What struck me most about this conversation was not what he said—I’m sure most politicians believe this about themselves at some point—but that I actually believed him. As a political scientist, I am fairly cynical, but I really believe Martinez would step down before he damaged his integrity.
Local elections may not be as sexy as federal elections; there are fewer of those fun attack ads and scintillating scandals. But the stakes are still high. The men and women we choose in local elections are granted the power over our children’s education and the safety of their schools, the quality of our neighborhoods and roads. These are the issues that affect us, literally, close to home. We should be able to trust those we elect. I believe Matthew Martinez is worthy of that trust.
L. Mari Centeno,
Associate Professor of Political Science
Adams State UniversityFor the complete article see the 10-09-2013 issue.
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