We have a very important election approaching. How we vote will decide who will lead us. I have spent some time thinking about the essential qualities of a good elected official or legislator. I will be using the following as a basis for my voting decision, and I encourage others to use it and share it as well.

What are the qualities that make a good elected official or legislator?

  • Does not have any of the three “curses” that afflict politics, capitalism, and families:
    • -Ego
    • -Self-Enrichment
    • -Abuse of Power
  • Believes in and supports the U.S. Constitution.
  • Believes in and supports democracy.
  • Understands and protects these basic tenets of our democracy for each of our citizens:
    • -Fair and Just Rule of Law
    • -Freedom of Speech
    • -Freedom of Assembly
    • -Freedom of the Press
    • -Freedom of Religion
    • -Equal and Fair Right to Vote
  • Has a good moral compass.
  • Listens to constituents.
  • Works collaboratively with other elected officials to take actions for the betterment of all constituents.
  • Represents and protects the interests, prosperity, and well-being of all citizens.
  • Surrounds her/himself with competent and committed advisors and managers and listens to them.
  • Is competent and has the ability to lead and make good decisions.

Ed Petrick
Oak Park

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