I agreed to do a 3 part series on inspiration for Interfaith works and syracuse.com. This article is the 2nd of 3 and appeared on syracuse.com here: https://www.syracuse.com/living/2021/08/cny-inspirations-protecting-the-dreams-of-citizens-through-the-right-to-vote.html
The practice of democracy is not just a vocation for me, but it is also an inspiration. Becoming a Commissioner of Elections in 2013 was the culmination of years of work in civic engagement. To many, the notion of politics and campaigns is unseemly. However, this kind of engagement, especially on the local level, is made up of ordinary people coming together to make their world a better place. They may differ on ideology and the platforms they support, but this basic tenant holds true.
During my time in this arena, I’ve gravitated towards ensuring the right of every citizen to vote and make it as easy as possible to do so. To me, every vote is a dream and leads to a better future for the voter, their friends and neighbors. I draw inspiration from ordinary citizens coming together and peacefully choosing their leaders to govern them. Those dreams deserve our protection.
Dustin Czarny, Onondaga County Elections Commissioner since 2013, is involved in a number of civic engagement initiatives.