As a career scientist, I find myself skeptical and disenchanted by the political process here in America.
Candidates say whatever they want about themselves (and their opponents!) with no conscience and virtually no way to really fact check what they’re saying without hours of research; and even IF you did the research (which 99.9% of us don’t) how do you know the sources of information you’re reading are factually correct and unbiased?! It’s enough to make me give up on politics completely.
However, on rare occasion, you actually know the candidate running personally; and perhaps even more importantly, you know them BEFORE they ever had aspirations of running for any elected seat or office. This affords a unique opportunity to honestly understand what motivates a person, whether they’re trustworthy, how they behave in times of stress, and what they value most in their life and community.
I had this distinct opportunity with Robert Case who is running for District 5 City Councilor, and absolutely has my vote.
I first met Rob at our annual Hastings Street Block Party several years ago. He and his husband Chris had just welcomed two pre-adoptive foster children into their home, and were excited to integrate them into the neighborhood. I remember talking to Rob that day and learned about his background in the financial industry and his professional acting and singing. We spoke at length about the recent adoption, his North Carolina heritage, and his love of Framingham.
As our relationship has grown, I’ve realized that Rob brings strong commitment and dedication to everything he does.
As a town meeting member and Precinct 8 chair, he has been an outstanding representative. He takes the time to know his constituents and truly listens to, and cares about, our concerns. Rob has become our go-to person for town information and help navigating town bureaucracy.
Importantly, Rob doesn’t make snap judgments; rather, he analyzes information and listens to diverse opinions before proceeding, which speaks to my scientist soul.
Rob is seeming capable of everything and possessing an unfair share of talent and motivation. He is certainly smart and savvy, but pair that with 10 years of experience in the financial industry, 3 years on the Ways and Means Committee, and experience in nonprofit management/development, and you can see exactly why Rob is well equipped to represent our district as we transition to a city.
I return to my earlier remarks about political disenchantment.
In this Case (see what I did there?) I personally know the candidate and can tell you directly that we can trust Rob, I know he’s motivated and smart, I know he cares about Framingham and our district, and I know you would feel the same way if you knew him too.
In fact, if you don’t, I encourage you to reach out to him and meet him yourself.
He will be a most excellent representative of our district in the new city, and I urge you to vote for him on November 7.