To the Editor:
Earlier this month, I and many other seniors at Mary Jane Richardson apartments had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon with state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26).
I’m writing because I was so struck by what Christian did for us that day. He came to us. He brought services that seniors need to us. And this wasn’t just a quick stop, take a picture and leave. This was a whole afternoon where he gave his complete attention to each individual, listened to us and shared with us what he’s fighting for down in Springfield, Ill.
This is a young man who is truly a leader for our community. Many of us are grandparents, and to see someone who reminded us of our own grandchildren doing such great things for our community was a blessing and an absolute joy. I told Christian that day that he added years to our lives just by taking the time out of his schedule to be in our home.
He told us about the struggles of being raised by his grandparents and caring for a sick mother. He told us about boxing and how it kept him out of trouble as a young kid. I know deep down that he’s one of us — someone who is committed and dedicated to making the world a better place.
We’re used to politicians who only come around when they want our vote. But Christian came when he didn’t need to. When it really was just about us.
As a senior who has been around for quite a while, I couldn’t be prouder of the young man I’ve watched Christian become.