Dayton Chronicle, November 6, 1988
Editor, Dayton Chronicle:
am the Republican Precinct Committeeman for Rainwater Precinct and a member of
the Republican State Central Committee as the State Committeeman from Columbia
County. I am philosophically committed to a majority of the positions taken by
the Republican Party, and I normally vote out of principle for the Republican
candidate in any race.
year, however, I am making an exception in the race for Columbia County
Commissioner, District One. Originally, I supported Ginny Glasier as the
candidate most likely to make a difference in Columbia County. When she
didn’t win in the primary, I sat back to observe. I like all three
candidates as individual people, but that’s not good enough.
County has been in decline for several years. A significant portion of those
years, eight of them, was under the mayoral leadership of Carl Rowe. No matter
how one views the facts, the bottom line has been decline. In other ways, Carl
has not shown me that he has the ability to be an effective county leader. His
years of interacting with Dayton City Council were divisive. He has
demonstrated a severe lack of judgment recently with respect to the asbestos
case. In contract work he has done for me, I have felt a certain lack of
attention to required detail. During my television interview with Carl, I felt
that he was ill at ease, uncomfortable with being asked questions publicly.
When I deviated from the prepared list of questions, Carl was lost. Despite my
party position, I simply cannot vote for this individual.
Hudson appeared promising when I first looked at him. After studying his
“positions” more closely, however, I find that Scott is unable to take a
position—any position. During the television interview, he wouldn’t allow
himself to be pinned down to a point of view on an issue. While I clearly
understand the politics of behaving this way, I am uneasy voting for someone
whose point of view I really do not understand. I cannot determine where Scott
really wants to take Columbia County. Unlike Carl, Scott handled himself well
before the camera. But when I hit him with an unexpected question, I received
a vague answer that avoided the issue just as most of his other answers did.
McFarland, on the other hand, reminds me of another great Democrat in the
State of Washington, Scoop Jackson. John has a clear vision, seems to
understand the needs of the citizens of Columbia County, and—by a wide
margin—possesses the qualification for the task of guiding Columbia County
into a new era of prosperity. During the television interview, John answered
my questions directly and succinctly. Even when asked an unexpected question,
John answered resolutely and positively. In private discussions with John, I
have found him to be knowledgeable, articulate, and clear-sighted. I believe
he offers the best choice for new leadership in Columbia County.
This is not the time for party politics nor misguided loyalties. Friendship should not—must not—get in the way of effective leadership for our county. John McFarland clearly is the best candidate for the position of Columbia County Commissioner, District One, and I urge all eligible citizens to vote for John on election day.
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