REMEMBERING TONY FLORA
In January 2017, I went to a meeting at the Democratic Headquarters in St Joseph County, not knowing what to expect. I wanted to get involved in politics, but I didn’t know how. During the course of the meeting, I stood up and told my healthcare story. While others were still talking, Tony Flora leaned over and “whispered” while handing me his card: “You seem like you’ll be here a while. I’m Tony Flora with the AFL-CIO of Northern Indiana.”
It turns out he was right. I have been here a while, and I will continue this fight for him. At the time, I lacked confidence and knowledge in the political system. Just his simple act of handing me his card, as if I was somebody he needed to network with, gave me confidence when I needed it most. Our continued conversations over the next few years gave me knowledge in politics. It also taught me that his abrupt introduction was so very Tony of him. I am so sad about his passing, but I know that his fight lives on in so many others he has inspired like me. Though older than our 35-year age limit, his advice, education, and unwavering support of the St. Joseph County Young Democrats has earned him an honorary young-at-heart membership status. His legacy will live on through our work. Rest in power, dear friend.
President of St. Joseph County Young Democrats
2nd District Chair of Indiana Young Democrats