Kristin Gisleson Palmer has decided not to run for re-election for Council District Seat C. She is the incumbent and would most likely be the favorite to retake that seat. Gisleson Palmer has decided to tend to her family, specifically wanting to spend more time with her daughters.
In a land of career politicians, Gisleson Palmer’s move is quite refreshing. Like her or not, republican or democrat, black or white, man or woman, you’ve got to be impressed with her decision.
Gisleson Palmer, unlike most area politicians, gets it. Politics are supposed to be a temporary thing. A personal sacrifice, a civic duty; not a power play or money grab.
For far too long we’ve accepted career politicians in our state as the norm. Politics has become a “job” for many in Louisiana, a way for some to set up friends and family when it supposed to be about us.
Kristin Gisleson Palmer apparently understands this simple premise. Politics is about giving back to the community, not taking from it. She could run again and would be favored to win, but that’s not important. Family is and that’s quite refreshing.