By Krista Benson

In today’s political climate, it’s refreshing to have an independent option and voice for District 7 house. Cory Ann Ellis has pledged to put the interests of the people of Brookings above the party politics that plague our state and country. I met Cory Ann several years ago when she photographed our dogs as part of a fundraiser she ran for the local Humane Society.  We later reconnected while both working for a local organization that equips and educates female leaders. It was through this work that I started to see the kind of leader and fighter Cory Ann is.

 Cory Ann is a leader in our community. You may have seen her in our schools as an Educator for a Day or at the Veteran’s Day program building a Woman in Military display. She often lends her photography skills and organization knowledge to courses in the community and on campus. Cory Ann and her Great Dane, Porter, can been seen at the Farmer’s Market on most Saturdays, Downtown at Sundown on Thursdays, or patronizing one of the many locally owned businesses in Brookings. The politician I want isn’t someone who wants to make a career out of being in office. Elected officials should be close to the community so they can see and hear what’s really going on locally. How else are they supposed to represent our interests? Cory Ann is available to hear concerns and comments, because she is part of the fiber of our community.


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