Letter: Candidate: Commissioner job shouldn't be 'back-up plan'

Voting is a constitutional right bestowed on us by our forefathers. When exercising our right to vote, we don't "halfway" check the box. Shouldn't we, as citizens, expect that our elected officials be fully committed to the position at hand? My opponent, Dennis Frazier had filed for Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent —a position that has a base salary of $190,000.

According to the Carroll County Times' article dated Feb. 7, Dennis Frazier is "planning to get out and talk with the community, and see what their concerns are." I'm curious why after three and a half years in office he doesn't have his finger on the pulse of the community and doesn't seem to be actively listening during his tenure.

He has publicly stated multiple times that he wants to remove us from the super majority regarding taxes. By removing this requirement, this would allow for taxes to be raised with a simple majority of three votes on the Board of County Commissioners and when his motions failed; he attempted to transition to a higher paying job as Carroll County Public Schools Superintendent, placing his interest as County Commissioner on the back burner.

Do the voters of District 3 really want to be the fallback plan for someone who doesn't seem to be actively listening to the people and understanding their concerns on a regular basis? Why should we, as citizens, settle for someone who views the people as his second choice?

Let's ensure that when we vote this June we fully "check" the box completely by electing someone who is fully dedicated to the people of District 3 and Carroll County. As your commissioner, I promise that I will be fully dedicated to serve you — the people of District 3 and Carroll County and not be looking for greener pastures or keeping you as my back up plan.

Tom Gordon

Westminster

The writer is a Republican candidate for county commissioner in District 3.

 

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