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.

Mike

 

This past week has been marked with sadness and yet also the emergence of kindness, hope and strength that marks us all as Americans and also people of God.

On Saturday, July 11th, an early morning telephone call awakened Judy and me.  Her nephew, Andy Davis, the selected sculptor for the Martin Luther King statue at the State Capitol and the Glavine-Smoltz-Cox statue at the future Sun Trust Stadium, was at Grady Hospital in a coma after being struck by a driver (who later on was charged with DUI).  Judy said that Andy was like the son she never had.  I have never seen Judy as upset and she still griefs for him.

On Tuesday, I attended the funeral services of a favorite aunt.  She married her husband before he went off to World War II, kept the home fires burning despite the anxiety that came with knowing that her husband was part of the invasion at Normandy and fighting across Europe until the end of the war.  She was a beautiful and loving soul who brought joy, laughter, and support into my life.  She was a wonderful representative of the Greatest Generation.

While attending the funeral for my aunt, I learned of the shooting and ultimate deaths of a sailor and 4 Marines in Chattanooga.  One of the Marines, Lance Corporal Squire “Skip” Wells, was a graduate of Sprayberry High School.  The outrage from these murders is still growing.  More importantly these tragedies may finally be the catalyst that is needed to convince the American people that the best way to respond to radical terrorists is ensure that government official s make public security their number one priority and give public officials the political support they need to take such measures.  As I learned long ago in my participation in the military response to the Los Angeles Riots in 1992, and later, while in a Persian Gulf country and being responsible for providing force protection for the members of my military office and their families, much of what we do is founded on the expectation of security.   Regrettably, as in the death of these members of the newest Greatest Generation, it often takes a tragedy to wake people from their complacency.

The bright shining light in all these sad episodes is the response of family, friends, and American people in general in gathering around the grieving and doing everything possible to let those in mourning know that they are not alone in their sorrow.  All those who passed in the last week left a legacy that will be carried on.  My aunt in a nephew who will carry forward her sense of duty and responsibility to his family; the community of Andy Davis which is committed to his vision of the arts, a vision I never fully appreciated until I attended his service and joined the hundreds in honoring him; and finally, the fallen members of our military who gave their full measure of devotion.  These warriors probably would have been truly amazed at the response of America to their sacrifices.  But, then again, maybe they are sitting in heaven and watching with satisfaction that comes from knowing that, despite their short lives, they made a difference.

May all these great Americans rest in peace.

Mike