Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Dear Ed­i­tor: Af­ter spending a con­sid­er­able amount of time in an in­ter­view with Rachel Oswald ex­press­ing my po­si­tion, I re­gret hav­ing to write this let­ter to set the record straight.

In the ar­ti­cle “District 3 Candidates Weigh In” in the Cov­ing­ton News, Rachel Oswald writes “the two candidates’ civic or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­ber­ships also shed light on the dif­fer­ing views they each have of what is good de­vel­op­ment for the county. Schulz has been en­dorsed by the New­ton County Home­builders As­so­ci­a­tion and is an ac­tive mem­ber of the Cov­ing­ton/New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce.” This state­ment re­flects Rachel Oswald’s at­tempt to cre­ate a dif­fer­ence of opin­ion where there is not one. The truth is that Keith Mitcham and I share a very sim­i­lar vi­sion and hope for the fu­ture of New­ton County.

Con­trary to what the Cov­ing­ton News re­ports, my in­volve­ment with the New­ton County Home­builders con­sists of par­tic­i­pat­ing in two can­di­date fo­rums. Fur­ther­more, to my knowl­edge the New­ton County Home­builders en­dorsed Mr. Mitcham’s can­di­dacy as well as mine. Qual­ity de­vel­op­ment means qual­ity res­i­den­tial, qual­ity com­mer­cial and qual­ity in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment, and that is what we all want.

While the ar­ti­cle fairly rep­re­sents my par­tic­i­pa­tion in the New­ton County cham­ber of Com­merce, it com­pletely omits that I have spent the last 16 years vol­un­teer­ing with lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that fo­cus on chil­dren and fam­i­lies, such as the YMCA, New­ton High School Booster Clubs, Fairview and Cousins PTOs and com­mit­tees of the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. An­other im­por­tant as­pect of our in­ter­view which Ms. Oswald failed to men­tion is my work with the New­ton County Health Depart­ment. Pro­vid­ing care as a nurse prac­ti­tioner, along with my busi­ness ex­pe­ri­ence and vol­un­teer work, gives me a unique per­spec­tive on the di­verse needs of New­ton County.

At this time, more than ever, it is im­por­tant to elect qual­i­fied candidates. In or­der for the vot­ers to make an in­formed de­ci­sion, it is cru­cial that The Cov­ing­ton News ed­u­cate the pub­lic on all candidates fairly and most im­por­tantly ac­cu­rately.

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