• Liz

Getting Off the Sidelines - an Update on My Political Affiliation

Our local government remains, and should remain, non-partisan. But it's important to me to share with people where I stand politically. I would like to let you know that Meridian City Council is losing its sole registered Independent but gaining a moderate Republican. When endorsing people in the past, I've always wanted to get to know the person running for office first before worrying about the letter next to their name. That being said, there is a battle going on within the GOP for the soul of the State of Idaho, and the stakes are too high for unaffiliated voters to remain on the sidelines.

If you are an independent but feel as I do that the moderate wing of the Republican Party represents your values, you may want to consider doing the same. You will need to make your decision by March 11th. Misguided fiscal policy on a national level including the inevitable failure of modern monetary theory and its resulting inflation as well as watching our big cities decline disillusioned me long ago, as did the disregard for the rule of law and lack of respect for our institutions witnessed in the last presidential election. These things made me want to continue my focus on local issues.

I have in recent years shared George Washington's view of the danger in political parties, however, I must weigh my principles against the danger of Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin becoming governor. She recently communicated how very proud she is to be endorsed by a well-known white supremacist and anti-semite and then doubled down speaking at a white supremacist conference. When she tells me through these actions and words who she is, I believe her. Action matters at this time, and I will not stand by and watch her or any future extremists be elected to represent my beloved state. We deserve leadership who is professional, doesn't actively cater to hatred, and doesn't turn routine acts of governance into political stunts. I'll be voting against extremists like her in upcoming Republican primaries.

I am looking forward to contributing to my new political party. I am now a registered Republican with an independent spirit. I will continue to fight for the people of Meridian, growth that makes sense and reflects our values, sustainability and the well-being of our families, and common sense.

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