To the Editor:
Seven County Commissioners—Steve Emert, Steve Mead, Tim Isbel, Theresa Scott, Mark Alderson, Robert McKamey, and Jerry White—have entered into a conflict of interest by running for seats on the Charter Commission. They have reason to be concerned about their own political lives given the fact that they have been willing to cooperate with Myron Iwanski to take away the rights of the citizens of Anderson County.
In fact, that is the reason the drive for a charter form of government was started: to restore the rights of citizens to choose their leaders and make sure the authority of those whom the citizens elect is not taken away. Sad to say, Jerry White (District 5) and Tim Risden (District 1) said at a recent candidate forum that they were against the Charter Commission—an effort to restore Anderson County citizens’ rights. In the same spirit as other county commissioners attempting to be placed on the Charter Commission that would write Anderson County’s charter, Mr. White called the effort a “smokescreen,” but failed to provide the audience with evidence of his charge.
But there is no “smokescreen” on my part when I say the right to choose the law director should never have been taken from Anderson County residents. Law Director Jay Yeager has become the political ally of Myron Iwanski that needs to control the County Commission and has cost tax-payers hundreds of thousands of dollars in frivolous lawsuits and fraudulent charges against county officials (for example, the sheriff suit and David Crowley).
Charter Commission organizers wish to impose term limits on only two political offices of the county—the county mayor and county commissioners. No “smokescreen” here, Mr. White. Mayor Terry Frank is not calling the effort to limit the number of times she can run for that office a “smokescreen,” but is supporting the efforts of the citizens to take back their rights.
We can understand why county commissioners are loudly complaining, calling it a “smokescreen,” because their offices are on the line and their health insurance and other perks will be lost if they are no longer commissioners.
Many of their constituents would like to have their part-time jobs and receive the perks commissioners receive.
Enough of the screaming “smokescreen” of Steve Mead, Jerry White, and other commissioners who wish to continue to take away the rights of Anderson County voters! It is sad we had to go to this effort, but our commissioners have been failing us for some time.
That is the reason I encourage fellow residents of Anderson County to take back county government that our commissioners have taken from us. For Charter Commission vote for: Floyd Grisham (District 1); Jim Cooper (District 2); Dusty Irwin (District 3); Dennis Hashbarger (District 4); Howard Farmer (District 5); Hugh Ward (District 6); David Stanley (District 7); and Kathy Moore (District 8).
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