If you always do What you always did You will always get What you always got
We voters have always saw competing candidates as winner and loser. The loser's hope for a political future was almost always destroyed. The voters lose a good candidate forever just because he or she came in second place. The community lose what could have been a great future leader.
Stop It! Let's change our Black politics up a little.
By Lawrence A Robinson I worked with Regina Hill in her bid to beat the 16 year incumbent for the District 5 position in 2014. After we won, I asked Regina will she consider running for Mayor of Orlando after she's had time to learn her way around City Hall? She said yes, then spent the next four years putting all of her effort in District 5 and learning the ropes.
Four years later after we won reelection as District 5 Commissioner, I asked her that question again. And again, Regina Hill said yes. An again, she spent the next four years putting all of her effort into District 5 and learning how city hall works.
By Lawrence A Robinson Well known motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar would tell anecdotes about growing up during the Great Depression in Yazoo City, Mississippi. In one story, he said that he tried to be at a certain neighbor's house for lunch everyday because they had a cook and the cook had something to cook.
He was at the neighbor's house for lunch one day when the cook brought the biscuits out and Ziglar noticed that they were flat. He asked the cook, 'What happened to your biscuits?' The cook just laughed and said, 'you know Zig, biscuits squat to rise, but these just got cooked in the squat.'
It's true, Orlando has a strong-mayor government structure This type of government severely limits what city council members can do. Our current District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill, has done all that she could in this position and her time has run out.
After two terms in a position, politicians are subject to tremendous pressure due to familiarity and comfort. They get comfortable in their position and are more likely to capitulate to the Mayor rather than fight for the community. When a politician gets too comfortable in a position, it is never good for the community. Regina Hill has done a good job as Commissioner for District 5, but a third term will allow too much comfort for her. She should move on.
By Lawrence A Robinson I led a team that helped Regina Hill get elected as a first time office seeker back in 2014. She had little experience in politics but lots of ambition, drive and a willingness to sacrifice herself in order to improve living conditions for residents of Orlando's District 5. She possesses that special genome that gives her the strength and special reasoning power that guides her through the gauntlet of ignorance and biases as she sprints towards the goal.