Greenville residents have the opportunity to choose between two candidates in the upcoming municipal election. How to decide?
You have a choice between someone who moved into the city only months before filing to run, won the election, and has taken every opportunity to overlay his personal preferences on city operations. His childish conduct when things don’t go his way is indulgent, to wit–holding up numbers over his head at a council meeting while another member was speaking (8/12/2012); his obvious need to be important is embarrassing; his pandering to small special demographic groups is disturbing; his disregard for citizen input and opinion is frightening, as evidenced by a quote, “…get over it” (4/12/12). This candidate is focused on political expediency for personal advancement.
The other choice is someone who has lived here for years and has served quietly on numerous unelected boards and in community organizations. In case you miss the point, these boards and organizations get little or no public attention and yet the members work diligently to improve their neighborhood, city, and county. You get someone with legitimate business, marketing, and consensus-building experience. You get someone who is willing to do the work without getting the credit. This candidate is focused on Greenville’s advancement past, present, future.
So, how to decide? Allen Thomas: petulant child, or Tom Best: experienced, committed, involved adult. My choice is Tom Best.
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