This campaign resembles a football game in that there are 4 quarters. We are in the first quarter and finding it an open field as we do our canvassing and telephone calls. We know there is an opponent out there; he just hasn’t shown up to play yet other than running ads building up to a game which is already halfway through the 1st quarter. This quarter is how democracy is supposed to work; people become passionate about a candidate and get behind him. These people, our volunteers, are out there every day, stirring up interest in the game by calling other people, asking them to play with their time, their talents, and their contributions.

These volunteers come to appreciate the kind of commitment that is needed to keep a democracy working. They understand that when complacency sets in, people take advantage of it to shut out the voices of the people. That is exactly what is happening in our County government. We have a Chairman who finds our voices inconvenient and is doing everything he can to ignore us. He is not leading the form of government that I wore a uniform for 30 years to defend.

The next quarter starts after March 7th when candidates qualify—when we find out who the real players are. We are not waiting that long. As I have said since the formal declaration of my candidacy, I shall be in the race until the end. But like any game, we need fresh players. Now is the time to join. Not March. Not April.

Get involved!! Join the team by donating and volunteering!!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and pray that 2016 will be one that rewards all your endeavors and blesses those around you.

With a little more than 160 days until the Primary on May 24th, we begin the last but most vital phase of our campaign by personally contacting voters in Cobb. This is the fun part of the campaign because we are in daily contact with some of the nicest people in America. The voters in Cobb appreciate people who make the effort to reach out to them at their homes. Judy and I are looking forward to joining our many volunteers in this grassroots effort.

As events during 2015 reflected, the Chairman has provided ample evidence that he needs to go. He has a predilection for demonizing anyone who criticizes him and blaming County staff members for some lack of action instead of turning the mirror on himself. This was clearly shown in his ham-handed effort at the December 17 Board meeting. In commenting on an issue in which there was near unanimity by all parties that a police officer was out of line, the Chairman again demonstrated his propensity to always steer for an iceberg with a personal attack on a commissioner. His remarks ripped off the final illusion of a functional Board. His campaign theme may be serious leadership when, in fact, what we need is experienced leadership.

My goal is to change the playing field where once again the people are part of the calculus of government. My campaign theme is an experienced leader committed to leading an open and transparent government with trust and integrity. Click on the Campaign Platform tab for the road map to a County government that represents the voices of all the people.