DIMS­DALE AND MAD­DOX FACE OFF IN RUNOFF

Dims­dale says he’s the voice of ex­pe­ri­ence.

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Quotable: “I feel we need to get to more of a co­op­er­a­tive phase in our county, like we have had in the past. We need to have less par­ti­san­ship, less per­sonal agenda. We all re­ally need to fo­cus on what’s best for the community. We can do that by work­ing to­gether. We have enough is­sues fac­ing us to ab­sorb our time with­out hav­ing all of these pe­riph­eral things go­ing on.”

Q: You have been a county com­mis­sioner pre­vi­ously, but were not re-elected the last time in Dis­trict 2. Why should Repub­li­can vot­ers of Dis­trict 5 choose you to rep­re­sent them in a new dis­trict?

A: The vot­ers should be com­fort­able choos­ing me for the very rea­son that I lost that elec­tion. That rea­son is in­tegrity. A per­son wanted me to vote on an is­sue in a way that was con­trary to the best in­ter­est of the county and my con­science. It was strongly im­plied that if I didn’t go along, op­po­si­tion would be mounted against me in the up­com­ing elec­tion. I voted my con­science. When elec­tion time came, a group of de­vel­op­ers, builders and money peo­ple gave aid to my Repub­li­can op­po­si­tion. In the Repub­li­can pri­mary, the vot­ers elected me by a com­fort­able mar­gin. Then that group sup­ported the Demo­crat in the gen­eral elec­tion. They spent more money in that con­test than has ever been spent by a can­di­date for dis­trict com­mis­sion in New­ton County as far back as I know. This was not done to elect a par­tic­u­lar per­son, but to get rid of some­one who they couldn’t con­trol. My Chris­tian ethics and in­tegrity are pri­mary in my life. I will not trade them away for money or po­lit­i­cal sup­port.

Q: Some peo­ple be­lieve the Cov­ing­ton square should be­come more of an en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter with more restau­rants and shop­ping op­tions and fewer pro­fes­sional ser­vices. What are your thoughts on that? In ei­ther case, what can you do to ad­vance the down­town sec­tor?

A: The types of busi­nesses that lo­cate on the square is not the busi­ness of the county gov­ern­ment. I am and have been a pro­po­nent of keep­ing the town square in Cov­ing­ton alive and well. It is the heart of Cov­ing­ton. I have sup­ported and par­tic­i­pated in projects that sup­ported that goal, such as restora­tion of the court­house to keep it alive and func­tion­ing on the square, build­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing within walk­ing dis­tance of the square, and pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional park­ing at the ju­di­cial cen­ter and at the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing, all within walk­ing dis­tance of the square. I am com­mit­ted to work­ing with the city of Cov­ing­ton to keep the square (the sym­bol of our county seat) vi­able.

Q: As a can­di­date, what do you be­lieve is your great­est strength?

Trust, hon­esty, hard work, an in­quir­ing and log­i­cal mind, in­tegrity, and open­ness. As a Boy Scout, I was taught to al­ways be pre­pared.

Q: Sim­i­larly, what is your great­est weak­ness and, if ap­pli­ca­ble, how do you plan to ad­dress it once in of­fice?

Years ago, I was told by a friend that I was too trust­ing of peo­ple. That is a char­ac­ter­is­tic which I still have to­day. When I meet peo­ple, I trust them un­til they show me that I shouldn’t. If that is a fault, as my friend im­plied, I can only show dili­gence go­ing for­ward. I can’t re­move it from my per­son­al­ity.

Ron­nie Dims­dale pre­vi­ously served as Dis­trict 2 county com­mis­sioner and is seek­ing an­other term in Dis­trict 5.

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