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.

A message from Judy Boyce

Hello, everyone! While Mike is on a church mission trip, I’ve had the responsibility of keeping the campaign going. I have to say – I’m enjoying every moment of it! As I mentioned, Mike is away on the mission trip to help children in the former communist country of Romania. Here’s a message directly from him:

Greetings from the Carpathian Mountains in Romania where I am part of a back packing team on a mission trip raising interest in programs for underserved children in this former communist country. Those who know me appreciate how much service to veterans, my community and my church remain cornerstones of my personal life. I shall bring the same commitment to you as your Chairman. Invest in the new future of Cobb and join our team at LikeMike4Cobb on the web, Facebook, and Twitter.

Saturday was an amazing day on the campaign trail. I started out at the monthly Cobb County Republican Breakfast in Marietta. Naturally, I took the opportunity to speak with everyone I possibly could to ensure they know Mike is running to serve them before anything else. The response at the breakfast was tremendous. As a bonus, I had the opportunity to hear from a panel that included 9th District Congressman Doug Collins on criminal justice reforms here in Georgia.

My day continued on at the Smyrna Birthday Celebration. It is easy to appreciate why Smyrna is such a wonderful city for its residents. The residents who celebrated with food, fireworks, a giant birthday cake, and music showed me why. Everyone I spoke with was welcoming and warm. And, I’m very excited to say that a great number of them expressed their support for Mike in the process. One man even told me his 95 year old mother has Mike’s push card right on her refrigerator and will be voting for him next May.

No one can replace Mike; his leadership and concern for every person around him shines through with every person he meets. But, I have to be honest – I loved being out in Cobb County on his behalf! I know I can speak for him when I say we would appreciate your support and your vote next May in the Republican Primary for Cobb County Commission Chairman.

As many of you know I attended and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame.   Father Ted Hesburgh was the President of the University during my studies.  He left a wonderful legacy including words of wisdom that carried him through some very difficult times in which he had to make some equally tough decisions.  My favorite quote from him is the following:

“My principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they are popular; you make them because they are right.”

In war and peace these words guided me not only on my spiritual walk but in my professional career and personal activities.

If these are the kind of words that you believe should influence and direct your Chairman, then join me in my campaign for Cobb County Chairman in 2016.  I promise that I’ll work daily to keep your confidence and trust.  Click on the Donate and Volunteer buttons and become part of shaping the New Cobb.