Have you, as a Deaf person ever felt like you wanted to change your town, your state, or even the country? Did you ever want to change the status quo that has been set in place for hundred of years? Do you want to make a change for the better? There are many people who feel this way.
As of now, there has been only one deaf person in America that has ran for public office. That man was Kevin J. Nolan Sr. He was a councilman in Northampton, Massachusetts during the 1980s. It’s possible Chris Haulmark could be next?
Chris is a Deaf man, who communicates in American Sign Language, and has a desire to run for office. He wants to give back to his community, so he’s utilizing his passion and base of Deaf supporters to run for the House of Representatives in Kansas’ third congressional district. He wants to make history and be the first Deaf representative of the United States Congress.
He is hoping to use his platform to be the voice of the Deaf community, and has the advantage of having the “Deaf perspective”. There are several issues he’s particularly passionate about addressing. The first is Healthcare. Meaning he believes healthcare should be accessible for all Americans as a right. Issue number 2 is education. Chris is big on early intervention, allowing children to get the best education possible. And issue number 3 is infrastructure. Why is this an issue? The pipes are rotten, causing dirty water, and the roads need to be improved. Commuters are facing issues with public transportation, and so on. For more information on these issues and Chris’ campaign, you can visit his website, haulmarkforcongress.com.
Whether or not Chris wins or loses, it should be seen as a win that someone from the Deaf community decided to speak up and be an inspiration for future Deaf generations regardless of his political views.
Best of luck, Chris!