At a time when the country is as deeply divided as ever between blue and red, enter Maureen S. Martin and Douglas Helzerman.
These two Livingston County Board of Commissioners candidates – one Democrat, one Republican – just gave us the best debate moment of the year. A simple, awesome, incredible moment. And they showed us that civility between the parties is not dead.
Republican Douglas Helzerman is the incumbent commissioner for District 4, which covers the far western rural side of the county. Maureen S. Martin is his Democratic opponent.
At a candidate forum earlier this month in Hamburg Township, the topic turned to economic development in rural communities. Martin answered a question by saying the County Commission needs to make sure that “even in those rural townships, we’re doing things that help people stay in business.”
Helzerman agreed with her. So what did he do?
He gave her a thumbs up. Then Martin responded by giving him a fist bump.
Simple. Civil. Awesome.
The best debate moment of the year.
At a time when every other Democrat and Republican are ripping each other’s throats out at every debate, Martin and Helzerman showed the world how it’s done.
You can witness the awesome moment below.