Lots of events this week with lots of voters:  Georgia Tea Party, Kiwanis, Habitat for Humanity, Mt Bethel UMC consignment sale.  No moss growing under my feet as I continue to reach out to the voters and hear their concerns.  One of the most informative events was the 2015 forum on Cobb’s Future hosted by the Cobb Chamber and the Council for Quality Growth.  The comments made in one presentation on the strengths of a community improvement district (CID) were pretty much in line with what I saw during my tour in the spring looking at cities that had used CID’s to pursue economic development and those that had not.   The Cobb EDGE program and CID’s are two programs with whom I would look forward to working as your Chairman.

The East Cobber Parade is coming on Saturday, September 12th from 10 am to 11 am.  If you want to experience the fun and feel for a grassroots campaign, there is no better opportunity than registering to be a participant in this parade or work the campaign tent after the parade from 11 am to 3 pm.  You can register at volunteers@likemike4cobb.com.

Your vote and support, regardless of their nature, make a big difference in our campaign.  Volunteer and donate today and be part of Cobb’s future!!

Mike

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After climbing and sliding through the Fagarash Mountains in Romania on a mission trip as part of a fund raising campaign for a youth camp, it’s good to be back at sea level.  The week was filled with events both informative and supportive beginning with the presentation of the Cobb County budget which I am still reviewing.  Later in the week was my swearing ceremony at the Lost Mountain Chapter of Kiwanis International which many of my friends and supporters who are members have been encouraging me to join.  Given my record of service to the community, joining Kiwanis was a natural fit.  Along those lines, I again was with friends and patriots at Project Mail Call to pack morale boxes for the troops.  This is an amazing program which has been run out of the basement of the home of Ed and Mary Ettels for more than 10 years.  This wonderful couple represent s some of the best of America.

During the weekend, the Hearts for Heroes Foundation hosted former Seal Team 6 member Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert O’Neill.  He gave a riveting presentation on both his training and the nature of his deployments with this heralded unit.  On Sunday, the Congregation of Etz Chaim had an equally informative and educational forum and moving service of remembrance on the 100thanniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank.  Judy and I were warmly welcomed by the congregation.

The campaign continues to be fun and informative.  Invest in the future of Cobb County by clicking on the volunteer and donation buttons on this web site.  Join me in a journey which, at the end, you can say that you made a difference.

Mike

DECISIVE LEADERSHIP

The presentation of the 2016 Cobb County budget and the importance of the programs therein have been overshadowed by the continuing insistence by District 4 Commissioner Lisa Cupid that the recent trailing of her automobile late at night by an undercover police officer was bad police work. This has now been a story for almost a month and the lack of leadership by the chairman to resolve this only shows his failure to lead. I encountered this kind of dilemma earlier in my Marine Corps career when racial problems confronted our military community. I can say with a high degree of confidence that the way out of his impasse requires decisive leadership that emphasizes strongly that there is only one standard for all public officials. There are no simple answers once race has been thrown into the equation but there are solutions. Now is not the time for carefully crafted statements but active involvement by a leader in bringing all the sides of this growing dispute to the table to work out the issues. I have the utmost respect for both sides and have to believe that they both want to resolve this disagreement positively and constructively.

I have been a frequent visitor in Commissioner Cupid’s district and am very familiar with the efforts of Precinct 2 Captain Jeff Adcock in working with her and her constituents in addressing their law enforcement concerns. I fervently hope that common ground can continue to be found that will maintain the momentum of community building that has been one of the hallmarks of the Captain Adcock and Commissioner Cupid’s tenures.