The city of Lincoln will soon "hire" a new mayor. As
someone who hired and employed Keith Snyder for over 20 years, let
me tell you what you can expect if you hire him.
Keith served on the Senate Republican staff for 23 years. He was
well-liked and deeply respected by everyone. He earned that
admiration and respect by being an extremely hard worker,
even-handed, unflappable and a man whose word can be trusted.
Year after year, some of the state's toughest, most
high-visibility issues landed in his lap. That never bothered him.
He'd tackle those issues by digging into research, talking to
experts, listening and sorting out the hype from the truth.
And when he worked on problems, he delivered results. When the
Chicago Public Schools were called the "worst in the nation," Keith
wrote the bill that gave Chicago the tools to reform. It has been
used as a model for urban education across the country. Thousands of
Illinois schoolchildren are learning in modern, well-equipped
facilities because he wrote the legislation that created the school
construction program. Homeless children have better access to
schools because he patiently brought together advocates and
educators to resolve their differences.
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He does any job well, and he cares for people. When new
legislation created the position of ethics officer, we needed to
hire someone who had impeccable honesty and integrity and who could
patiently guide and advise the members on ethical behavior. Keith
fit the bill perfectly and served well in that position.
On Tuesday, Feb. 24, you have the opportunity to make a great
hire for Lincoln. I encourage you to vote for Keith Snyder.
Former Senate Republican chief of staff
February 19, 2009]
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