Michael Jezierski a/k/a Sir Hailstone
Michael Hegg, an Indianapolis police officer and one of the at-large candidates, was kind enough to share the names with me yesterday after local news media failed to identify the candidates in news reports. Hegg also shared some of his views, which I think will be found to be refreshing by many AI readers. Hegg said:
Politically/historically, I am from a Democrat family. However, I have been registered as a Republican since 1984. I would call myself a Moderate Republican.
I think that in this day and age, people from both major parties should have a lot of moderates in their ranks, so as to balance any extrememists..or as Ferris bueller stated, "I don't like -isms. -Isms are bad in my opinion" . . .
Although I have several friends and co-workers of [the GLBT] community, I profess to an ignorance of those goals/needs, as up until now as a voter, I've kept my own opinions of sex, religion, and politics out of most conversations. That reticience also goes with my straight friends, by the way].
In a few words, here it is: MY opinion on the needs of the goals/needs of the GLBT community is...[drum-roll] that they deserve the respect that any group deserves..which is to say, that the GLBT Com [carpal tunnel, my abbreviation from here on in if thats OK] are taxpayers like you and I.
Any discussion of discrimination based upon sexual orientation is absurd, period. Although SJR-7 is being legislated on the State level, I am against it. I applauded the passage of the HRO from our City County Council and would have voted for it had I been a sitting member of the Council.
As Chris Douglas pointed out in his response to me, another goal of the GLBT Com is to be treated with decency and respect.I don't think thats a whole lot to ask for, not only for a potential political representative, but for anybody.
Bottom line: Although I am happily heterosexual [for the information of any homophobes who want to start a policy of personal destruction], the thing is..that as long as any member of the GLBT Com or any other group lives their lives as a good neighbor with me and my community, then that's it, period. I will not block their legal attempts to peacefully petition the government for redress of grievances, as is the right of ANY group/voter in Marion County . . .
Michael Jezierski is known to most AI readers as frequent commenter Sir Hailstone, which will likely make him a lightning rod on the GOP ticket for Democratic criticism. Taking Down Words has already singled out his candidacy for comment, referring to "the grumpy old troll otherwise known as 'Sir Hailstone.'" I really don't know anything about the other two candidates, other than Kent Smith was an unsuccessful candidate for Center Township Constable in last year's election.