My name is Tyler Hinton. I’m a husband, father, and attorney from Hoover. I’m originally from Atlanta, grew up in North Carolina, and have lived in Alabama since I started school at Auburn in 2006. I’ve been passionate about politics for as long as I can remember. I’ve made an effort to get involved in elections at every level since volunteering for the Kerry/Edwards ‘04 campaign as a high school student. I’ve volunteered and worked for campaigns on both sides of the aisle. I have friends and family who hold a wide range of views, often in strong contrast with one another.
I’m voting for Pete Buttigieg and running as a pledged delegate because I believe that, in this time of deep division in our country, we must balance the need to be true to our principles with the need to win elections by being able to reach those whose beliefs might not fully align with our own.
As this cycle began, I didn’t feel particularly hopeful about the prospect of a strong candidate emerging. Then, one morning, my wife had the news on as I was waking up, and I heard an unfamiliar voice talking the way that I would like to think I would talk if I were running for president. I immediately sat up in bed and said, “Who is that? I love him already.” It was Pete Buttigieg.
As a new dad, I haven’t been able to spend the time I normally would making phone calls and knocking on doors during this campaign, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t passionately spoken about Pete to everyone who would listen (my five-month-old included).
In today’s political climate, I believe it’s important to put forth a candidate who is both true to his principles and able to communicate effectively with those who might not share the same perspective on some or all of the issues. I believe Pete has consistently risen to this challenge. He addresses urgent issues such as climate change and healthcare reform without alienating voters who can and must be won back from Donald Trump. He is intelligent, persuasive, and level-headed. In recent years we have seen the rejuvenation that smart young leaders can bring about in countries such as Canada, France, and New Zealand, and I believe we can experience that here, too.
I am running as a delegate because, while every election is claimed to be “the most important of our lives” at the time, I believe that this one really is.
I am running because I want to make a difference, and to leave a better world for my son and all of our children. I’m supporting Pete because as mayor he could not cast aside his executive duties and shut down the city government over political disagreements. He is a veteran and a family man who will lead our country with both empathy and resolve. But above all else, whenever someone asks me “Why Pete?” I can’t help but quote one of my favorite TV shows, The West Wing:
“Because before I look for anything, I look for a mind at work.”
I see a mind at work. That’s why I’m for Pete.
I hope that, above all, you will strongly consider casting your vote for Pete Buttigieg as the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. And, if you end up doing so, I would be honored to have your vote as a delegate to represent you in Milwaukee this summer!