Integrity is most important for candidates

Published 9:44 am Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Nearly every business owner that has hired a new employee place a great deal of stock in experience when hiring. That’s why, this November, I value the years of experience, dedication and integrity by Auditor Jason Stephens and Judge Donald Capper. As the old saying goes, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

However, I am disappointed that a new jail is not under construction. A new county jail, discussed for years, is one of, if not the most important need in this county. I have not seen much effort in that direction from county commissioners. As a voter, I will be looking at new candidates for county commissioner this November and in 2021.

Voter’s rule of thumb for new candidates: If they have nothing to offer the county, other than badmouthing incumbents, we don’t need them. If they develop political signs implying an incumbent is doing something wrong, we don’t need them.

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Integrity is the single most important competency new candidates can offer county residents; not fancy political signs, wealth or good looks, not touting they are experts, not joining organizations when they decide to run for office, not vote buying and the promise of employment.

A new candidate who has many years of caring volunteer service within the county is already well known and respected. They don’t need thousands of political signs plastered across the county and they don’t attempt to get elected by degrading the reputations of incumbents.


Raynell Napier, Proctorville