Letter: Brooke Laine is dynamic, thoughtful, balanced, and transparent

Originally Published on SOUTH TAHOE NOW

I am supporting Brooke Laine for District V Supervisor for El Dorado County. Very rarely do policymakers in positions of influence reach out to learn more, request real facts and data, or ask what they can do to help. Brooke Laine did exactly that, and it surprised me.

Months ago, Brooke reached out to schedule a tour of our main offices, stabilization suite, and supportive housing sites of the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless. She asked our team thoughtful questions based on her own prior research, listened to our answers and ideas, and then asked what policy changes could help prevent and end homelessness in El Dorado County. She didn’t have an angle or ask for our votes. She wasn’t campaigning – she was listening and learning.

After her tour, Brooke surprised me again, because she followed up. She called with more questions, asked for my thoughts on current housing proposals in the community, and sent me documents to review. I could tell she was gathering information from a wide range of constituents and looking for balanced, common-sense strategies that met the greatest needs in the community.

Brooke Laine surprised me because she doesn’t act like the typical caricature of a politician. She doesn’t act like she’s selling something, shout her strong opinions at others, or badmouth ‘the other guy.’ She understands deeply the pressing issues facing our community, asks thoughtful questions based on research, and listens carefully to many voices. She looks for common ground between opposing viewpoints and truly serves as a servant leader.

Brooke Laine is dynamic, thoughtful, balanced, and transparent. Brooke might surprise you in the best way possible.

Respectfully,

Cheyenne Purrington

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