I have never been involved in a political campaign before, but I am deeply involved in Jeannie Darneille’s campaign for State Senate in the 27th Legislative District. I first worked with Jeannie when she was the director of Pierce County AIDS Foundation and I was a volunteer at Three Cedars, an AIDS hospice. I got to see firsthand Jeannie’s courage in fighting for disadvantaged people and in standing up for just but unpopular causes. I contacted her again recently with my concerns about education, and she took most of the morning to meet with my colleagues and I. I was so impressed with her responsiveness that I decided to volunteer my time in support of her campaign. As I became more familiar with the logistics of her race, I realized how important it was for me to stand beside her, for women’s reproductive rights, for marriage equality, for economic justice. In all the time I have spent with Jeannie, listening to her rally her many volunteers and supporters, I have never heard her bash her opponent or resort to negative campaign tactics. That, in itself, speaks volumes. Please join me in voting for Jeannie Darneille for State Senate.