I met Heidi Hall for the first time yesterday. I listened to her talk for about 10 minutes in the home of my friend with about 30 other folks from Redding, about why she is running to represent us in the U.S. Congress.
Something strange happened to me: I began to have some hope for the first time in over a decade. I had not even realized how disillusioned I have become. Suddenly, in that room, it seemed possible; if we could replace our present non-representative with someone who would work hard to really represent us, things could change.
It seems that especially in the past few years, our system is broken. I had given up hope without even realizing it. So much of the political news is grim; the House just saying no to everything proposed again and again with no suggestions for alternative fixes and our elected member leading the "no,no,no" charge.
Government has stopped working. The problems are so large and so complicated; I am without solutions, too and there seemed no end to the gridlock.
But here was Heidi Hall with a positive outlook; well-informed and energetic, with ideas about how she could join coalitions to reach across the aisle, with real hope. Amazing.
If this woman could win this election, she might be able to help make the system work again. Our concerns might be addressed. Our interests might be on the agenda at least. I could feel the stirring of optimism in the room, it was electric.