[ED NOTE:] Carey Hamilton is a candidate for the 4th District Indianapolis City-County Council seat. Jerame and I lived in the district when we rented our apartment. During the HRO effort, we were represented by Scott Schneider, one of the council's most far right members who didn't care about the district's LGBT citizens. Thankfully, Carey does and I urge everyone to look at her campaign closely. She'll obviously need some extra cash and volunteers to be successful.
Letter to the readers of bilerico.com from Carey Hamilton, City-County Council Candidate:
I am running for the City-County Council District 4 seat on Indianapolis' northeast side in order to ensure that our neighborhoods remain safe, healthy and strong. My district is bound roughly by 38th St to the south, 96th to the north, Keystone to the west and Emerson to the east. It encompasses a diverse array of people and communities.
I embrace equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation. I am proud to live in a city that has a human rights ordinance and a state that rejected SJR 7. Unfortunately, those decisions were not unanimous, or even close to being so. I hope to add a voice and a vote for equality to the City-County Council so that the outcome of any future such decisions will be less tenuous.
On that note, congratulations to all who stood up and said Hoosiers aren't about to write inequality and intolerance into our state's Constitution.
Standing up for equality and against intolerance is the beginning, the bare minimum, of what we owe ourselves and future Hoosiers. We must do more. We must work together to keep our neighborhoods safe, healthy and strong. Our safety depends on decreasing crime, and that's why I support the Mayor's crime plan to put 137 new police officers on the street by the end of 2008 and to proactively address root causes through intensive work with ex-offenders and at-risk youth. Our health depends on improved air and water quality. Strong neighborhoods demand constant attention to infrastructure and economic development. I look forward to bringing my professional experience in and outside of government developing solutions to environmental challenges and promoting smart economic growth to the Council. After decades of talk and study the time is right for a vastly improved mass transit system, more and better connected trails and sidewalks and sustainable redevelopment in our communities.
Please visit my website and feel free to email me if you have any questions. Finally, a big thank you to Bil for the opportunity to "Guest Blog" on this informative, thoughtful and important site for our City!