CONGRATULATIONS TO BEN Uzelac, our new 7th Ward Alderman in Quincy. Ben is young, energetic and brings fresh blood to the City Council table, as do several other newcomers who won elections Tuesday.
I would also like to thank Terry Heinecke, the incumbent. She worked her butt off for us in the 7th Ward and we could always call her with our issues. If Ben takes anything away from his predecessor, it's to always return phone calls, texts and emails. Always. We expect Ben to make informed decisions and be there for us in Calftown and downtown Quincy.
At the local level, it doesn't matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. It matters if you are a good candidate and can get the word out about your campaign. Ben, who ran as a Democrat, actually had the backing of some prominent Republicans in his ward, and I think it helped swing the race his way.
When I talked to Ben, his party affiliation never came up. His stance on the many challenges and issues facing us in Quincy did. And that's the way it should be.
I hate politics and the political climate we live in. I didn't publicly endorse either candidate in the 7th Ward because it's your choice and decision. We have huge elections coming up in the next two years and I'm begging you to make informed choices, not robot-like straight party votes. It will make us a better country, promise.
Go get 'em, Ben. Do what's best for the city and your ward.