Who can blame people for not voting? In the aftermath of Watergate and one political lie after another, no wonder people are discouraged. But seeing my good friend John Pinkerton polling well in his run for U.S. congress gives me reason for optimism. I’ve known John and Sharon for many years, and these people are genuine.
The Pinkertons moved from Nebraska to California in search of, what else? The American Dream. They worked their way through school, built a home, raised their family, and have spent most of the last four decades making a difference in their own community, one person at a time.
John believes in the power of education, and he should know. He was at risk in his own youth, raised by a single parent. College seemed like an unattainable goal until he met a mentor who helped change his life. John not only got a college degree, but went on to earn advanced degrees and now counsels young people at one of California’s biggest high schools and serves as president of the board of trustees of a community college.
I’ve been hearing from some of John’s former students, stories about the difference one teacher, coach, or counselor can make. Stories like Harry’s, about lives being turned around because one person cared enough to believe, encourage, hold accountable.
A lot of people in the 8th district of California are pulling together to elect John to congress. This poll last week in The Victor Valley Daily Press has John ahead of the incumbent by 12 points. I agree with Harry. That’s reason for hope. I am writing an article about John’s bid for congress, so please take a few minutes to message me your stories of John and Sharon. They can make a difference.