Guest Columnist

Porter: Why the board needs a woman of color

Royceann Porter is a candidate in the Democratic primary for Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

I am absolutely thrilled that the Johnson County Board of Supervisors finally has both a person of color and a female majority on the board.

Why?

Because women make decisions and guide communities in totally different ways than men do. Women have a unique ability to communicate with those who need to be heard and to understand multiple sides of any argument.

Because our entire community needs to be represented on our Board of Supervisors. In Johnson County we have a vibrant, diverse, exciting community with the potential to come together to improve the lives of all our citizens and our community.

Because by including representatives from our entire community on our governing boards, those voices have the potential to be heard, and acted upon. This is the best way for us to hear the voices of all our diverse community. Yes, there are more voices to be heard and future elections will make that difference. We have come a long way from the times when every board member was a white male. Let’s keep going!

Because in Johnson County we purport ourselves to be a liberal, inclusive and vibrant community. We are most vibrant when all of us come together, honor each other, listen to each other, work together for common goals and have fun together.

Because that is the kind of community I long to live in. A community where every voice and concern is heard and people work toward solutions together, not from the top down, but from inclusivity, listening, understanding and taking action together.

Because change is most effective when it comes the roots up, not from the top down. Women and people of color have more experience and success working in this way.

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Because men want to fix things and people of color and women are more adept at changing things by listening to the voices of concern.

I am enthusiastically looking forward to working with everybody as a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Royceann Porter is a candidate in the Democratic primary for Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

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