Eric Ulrich is my councilman. He talks a good talk and like most politicians do what makes them look good out there. Nothing that I have ever requested comes back in any satisfaction or just doesn’t come back. Ignore me and I’ll go away? I am a “Senior Citizen” as well as being somewhat disabled. For whatever reason the Board of Elections moved my polling place to where it is not walkable for me. If I were to take public transportation, I would still have a bit of a walk. Taking Access-A-Ride costs me the price as if I did take round trip transportation.
I called on my Councilman for a ride, hearing that one can do this. Two elections ago, I reached out to Erich Ulrich’s office and even spent time speaking with him personally. His cohort took down my information although it was not close to the date. I did expect a phone call, etc. Nothing. Was unable to vote. I was told that it was my fault and that I should have called the day before.
Next time I did call days before and talked about what happened the last time. Everything seemed fine and I waited for a phone call. Again nothing and was told that I should have called them. Why are they taking down my information if they don’t have plans to keep the agreement? This time I spoke with Eric about it. He apologized profusely and said, “Next time I’ll make sure that you go even if I have to drive you there myself.”
Again, I called a few week back with what Eric said and told that it was too early to call. I called AGAIN this past Thursday with what Eric said. Some guy took my information saying that they were coordinating the rides. I told him that I wanted Eric to take me as agreed. He said that he would make sure that I got a ride. I said, “Don’t wait until Tuesday to call me”. He said, “Of course not”.
It is past 10pm on Monday and there was no phone call. Luckily I booked Access-A-Ride as I do not want to miss this. Yes, they know that I work for local newspapers but somehow it doesn’t matter. It will. My plan is to call Eric’s office on Wednesday and keep calling until I speak directly with him. I will ask him for a statement to be published. Apology not accepted! He comes up for reelection next year. I bet he’ll go out of his way to make sure I get to the polls!