I am a resident of District 47B and am represented by Greg Boe.
March 7, Rep. Boe voted against allowing a question regarding the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to be placed on the ballot in the near future.
On his public Facebook page, Rep. Boe wrote a post explaining his "no" vote. After reading his explanation, I commented to express my disagreement and disappointment. Minutes after my post, I was blocked from making further comments. Another constituent had replied asking if the ERA wasn't already in the constitution — to clarify, it's not — and minutes after that, my comments were deleted all together.
In addition to being disturbed by Boe's explanation of his vote, I am disturbed to see an elected official silencing criticism. I was not the only one silenced either, as several other comments in opposition of Boe’s vote were also deleted.
After three hours and many constituents sharing about the situation on social media, Rep. Boe reinstated the blocked users. While he made the right decision in the end, his actions were unacceptable for anyone, let alone a state representative.
As evidenced by last November’s election, Rep. Boe won by a very narrow margin (117 votes), which indicates nearly 50 percent of voters do not share his values. His job is to listen to all constituents and as of this time he is doing it poorly.
What makes this all the more frustrating is that Boe’s antics are drawing attention away from the actual issue at hand — the Equal Rights Amendment and why it’s so important.
For those interested in learning more about the ERA and why it's necessary, check out the documentary "Equal Means Equal." It’s free on Amazon Prime video.