I thought you might like this story from my class, an Intro to Communication Class. The context is students are presenting brief plans for change and asking the legislative body (the class) to debate its merits along the conventional problem, cause, solution logic path.I immediately donated $50 to his campaign. But it will do little to even the odds: Jefferson has raised $18,000 compared to the incumbent's $203,000.
A 17-year Navy veteran, African-American student from North Jacksonville (heavily black and where most crime takes place in Florida's most dangerous city) relates how he was at the barbershop with the barbershop crowd and in walks Ken Jefferson, a 24-year veteran of the JSO (Jacksonville consolidated city & county governments 40 years ago) who was challenging the incumbent sheriff in Tuesday's election.
Now, I was already impressed that this guy was taking his campaign to the barbershop, and so was my student. But then he started explaining what Jefferson's plan for change was in the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office: bringing back foot patrols.
And so that was this guy's plan, shifting money from vice and gambling investigation to fund foot patrols.... And the whole class (or at least the black/lower class folks) are nodding their heads saying yes that's just what we need and then someone says "can we get them bicycles" and I just lost it....
[And I loved] the beautiful moment of a man practicing what he's preaching by promoting foot policing in the corner barbershop.
I think the election is today. So all you Jacksonville readers (er... well, there's at least one) get out there and vote for Jefferson!
[Update: Jefferson lost, with 37% of the vote.]