I believe that elections are never really over; here's why.
When a person is elected to represent people, the election process for that person starts over. We begin to analyze the campaign promises, presence in the community, accessibility, and actions they take or are involved in. And if you are wondering, "where is she going with this sh*t," here it is.
I live in Orlando, Florida, and I pay pretty good attention to what my representatives are doing and those within close proximity and the state, to be honest. I have a list of names, kind of like Arya Stark, except I'm not killing anyone...lol. Maybe their careers.
All joking aside, this list is compiled of elected officials whose campaigns I have followed because of the power their positions hold, the issues they are responsible for solving, or their lack of qualifications to represent their constituency.
Now, to the list. Most immediately, on my list of names is Osceola County Sheriff, Marco López. He campaigned on diversity, transparency, and accountability. He failed to diversify. He was never transparent about firing the highest-ranking Latinx deputy sheriff, and he has refused to hold accountable the deputy sheriff that knocked a high school student.
López is the first Latinx person to be elected to the office of sheriff in all of Florida. He won his 2020 election against an incumbent with more diversity under his administration than López now has. But it doesn't end there. Latinx people make up 55% of the Osceola County population as of 2018. Under the previous sheriff's administration, only 31% of its deputies were Latinx, and now, that number of deputies has decreased even more under López's administration. That is a clear imbalance of representation. López said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, "I'm a firm believer if you don't look like the people you serve, you're never going to create that transparency and present that accountability for our community." So them my question to López is, "then what the f*ck are you doing?"
Here's another thing that many people have not paid much attention to and another reason he is on my list of names. Osceola County is one of the county's in Florida that participates in the 287(g) program.
What is 287(g)? It is a program that establishes an agreement with I.C.E where local law enforcement is deputized to carry out federal immigration enforcement. 287(g) proponents state that it's in place to provide safety and security to our communities from criminal immigrants. However, that is not entirely true. The program fosters an environment of racism and racial profiling, which results in harassment of people of color and mainly immigrant communities. To keep it 100, this program is shit! It's wasting taxpayer money, terrorizing immigrant communities, harming relationships between police and residents, and separating families.
We will have a more depth discussion on this garbage ass program in another post. But if you want to know if 287(g) is adopted in your county, you can go to https://www.ilrc.org/national-map-287g-agreements to find out.
So here's what I want you all to take away from this. Just because someone just got elected or re-elected doesn't mean that we should stop asking for change and accountability. And if an elected official fails to meet his campaign promises, then it is on us to call them out and hold them accountable. Even if you didn't vote for the liar. There's this Mexican dicho (saying), "se les olvida quién los llevo al baile" (they forget who took them to the dance). And maybe we didn't take them but if they f*ck with our friends, they f*ck with us. I may not have voted for him, but I will organize against him.
They forget who holds power...la gente!