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Ward 1 Candidate Question of the Week: Human Rights

Ward 1 Gulfport City Council Candidates David Hastings and Dan Liedtke answer our fourth Gulfport Patch "Candidate Question of the Week."

Voters will head to the polls on March 13 to decide who will represent them as Gulfport City Council Member for Wards 1 and 3.

To help inform the community, Patch will publish a City Council Candidate Question of the Week for both Wards.

Below, you will find the answers for the Ward 1 Candidates: David Hastings and Dan Liedtke.

This week's question is a reader submitted question.

Gulfport Patch Question of the Week: "Where do you stand on Gulfport’s Human Rights Ordinance?"

Dan Liedtke

"I wish we as individuals were only judged by others based on the content of our character. "

David Hastings

"Although I was not on council when this ordinance was brought forward, it is something that I fully support.

"I have never been one to discriminate against anyone. The businesses I have owned and are associated with in Gulfport since 1997 are proof to that. Moreover, I have never looked at anyone as different than someone else based on age, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or physical characteristic. I think that the true essence of a person comes from within.              

"That being said, I am not naive enough to believe that there is no discrimination. The efforts that the City Council put in to make sure that everyone within Gulfport is treated equally and with compassion and respect was tremendous.  Their proactiveness and braveness to work together to include this within our City ordinances is an example of what this City can continue to do when we come together for the greater good."

Lynda February 16, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Thanks, mtober. I don't have your historical knowledge of Gulfport so I appreciate your comments with that information. I am concerned about the passion for privatization overwhelming Florida (and much of the rest of the country) as if it is some miracle cure. Having a motive to make a profit does not guarantee perfect results. Many of the delays involved with government action come from citizens not allowing government to take risks or run pilot programs or do anything that hasn't been tried before. Governments are held to a much higher standard than private business. Just as public schools must serve all students while charter and private schools can pick and choose attendees, governments have obligations and accountability businesses do not. This is one reason I thought Cherlene's question about HRO was important for candidates to answer.
Nancy Kelley February 16, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Juan, I only have a safe harbor in Gulfport if the HRO is NOT repealed by elected council people.
Juan Happicampa February 17, 2012 at 05:08 AM
I understand Nancy, my original point was not about the HRO specifically, it was about rehashing established law when so much needs to be done. I wasn't trying to be insensitive, I know more than most about abuse. Many segments of out population was abused in my lifetime, women especially, hippies, bikers were the muslims of the 60's and 70's. I can remember when the sailors would disembark from their ships in Boston and go to the Commons to beat up on hippies and queers for recreation. You can get into a lot of trouble for punching out a sailor. My enlightenment into the world of diversity began when I was 6. A cousin, female and 10 years older than I worked for Hasbro designing cloths for GI Joe. The nature of the work allowed her to work at home, in Provincetown MA. Visiting with her was the highlight of the summer, cause she had a lot of interesting friends who took you along when they went surfing or sailing or just cruising the town. At 12 years old an inner city kid was rarely exposed to such activity. I learnt all about art, sailing, surfing and swimming in rip tides from my cousin and her friends who were all a little fruity, according to the adults back home.
Cherlene Willis February 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thanks for adding in your questions. They will be considered for future posts. - Cherlene
Michael O'Toole March 09, 2012 at 05:37 AM
I too would like more questions, or at least a few broader questions in order to engage more respondents to the back and forth, so people won't feel too intimidated to add their comment. Thanks, Cherlene

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