I am supporting Jim Carlin for Senate because I have found Carlin to be a man who listens respectfully and is willing to engage in meaningful dialog with constituents even if there is a disagreement on an issue.
Last year I contacted Carlin, who I did not know personally, about a pending bill that he was initially against. To his credit, Carlin called me to respectfully explain why he was against this particular bill and asked for my thoughts on those reasons. Carlin promised to do more research and called me back later to tell me he had changed his position and would support the bill. I’ve since had the opportunity to observe Carlin in front of a large group who opposed another piece of legislation that Carlin felt he needed to support to be consistent with his values. While he and this group of constituents disagreed, I again came away impressed by Carlin’s respect and temperament and ability to explain his reasons for supporting the legislation.
We will never agree with a candidate on every position, but need a senator who truly listens - and Jim Carlin is such a candidate. - Robert DeSmidt, Sioux City