By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Feb 22, 2008 at 5:22 PM

I live in the Sixth District, and I can’t say I am surprised that Ald. Michael McGee, Jr. advanced from the primary to the April elections despite the fact he’s in jail. I am not making any statements about McGee’s alleged behavior, however, as a mother I am bothered by the prospect of having an incarcerated representative.

Despite the trappings of poverty, isn’t every mother in this district hoping her kids stay out of prison? I know I am.

Again, whether McGee is guilty or innocent is not the point. Whether or not he deserves to be in jail is not the point. The fact is, our alderman -- a role model in the community -- is in jail. If an inmate represents the Sixth District, aren’t we telling the kids -- specifically the kids in the sixth district -- that they can still have power and success from prison?

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.