Using the gender card in life is a dangerous thing. Equality is something the United States can be proud of. Whether you are woman or man, white or black, gay or straight, you have the exact same rights as everyone else.
Most of you probably received what can only be described as the ultimate play of the gender card from Nicole Martineau. A unique mailer sent to the voting women of Puyallup, begging for their vote. Touting herself as the only woman running for council, and that women’s voices will not be heard if she is not elected.
Here’s the problem: Women’s voices will always be heard on the council and being the only woman running doesn’t qualify her for the position, nor does it make her a better candidate than her opponent. It simply gives her a tool to use to try and garner votes.
No matter if you’re a man or woman, you still can make bad decisions on the council that negatively affect everyone. Here’s a few examples:
-You can vote to raise utility fees on the citizens in this down economy where every dollar counts: Nicole Martineau did that.
-You can vote to move the start time of meetings to 6 PM, a more inconvenient time for young, working families: Nicole Martineau did that.
-You can vote to not give citizens the right to initiative and referendum: Nicole Martineau did that.
-You can vote against a study to try and save the city hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars a year by consolidating city services into city property: Nicole Martineau did that.
-You can not support local law enforcement officers by voting against their contract: Nicole Martineau did that.
-You can vote to take out another bond to cover a lawsuit, to sink this city into further debt, then generate the revenue for the bond by raising the landfill fee on citizen’s city bills: Nicole Martineau did that.
You can see there are many more factors to consider when voting than what someone’s gender is.
Yes, Nicole Martineau is a woman. No, she should not be supported because of that fact.