On a big week for election news, Trib Nation invited a diverse group of connectors to have lunch with us and share their view of the 2012 election.
What do they see as the campaign's narrative? More importantly, what is motivating them and the people they know to vote -- or avoid it?
About a dozen of us from different corners of the Tribune newsroom were there to listen. Our guests included Shannon Bennett, Terry Mazany, Ellen Meyers and Jeffrey Jackson, Monica Metzler and Karen Ward, Monika Starczuk, and Brian Gallagher, Natalie Doak and William Mahoney. Their professional affiliations included The Chicago Community Trust, Illinois Science Council, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization and Equip for Equality. Their interests converged around the important stakes in a critical national election.
Among the priorities our guests identified were fixing the national debt and addressing political gridlock. Our guests wanted more educational opportunities, more jobs, saw fading trust in institutions and a pivotal moment for gay and civil rights.
Several saw this election as critical for women, and as being about the next round of Supreme Court appointments as much as it is about the next occupant of the White House.
I'll turn the question to you: What will move you to vote, or not? What do our elected officials need to work on first?
I'll post some of the responses here.
-- James Janega
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