The board of elec­tions

The Covington News - - Opinion -

I was hon­ored to re­ceive the ap­point­ment to the Board of Elec­tions for New­ton County. I take the re­spon­si­bil­ity very se­ri­ously since it en­trusts the board to pro­vide over­sight for com­pli­ance with pre­vail­ing elec­tion laws.

The elec­tion process lies at the very heart of our rep­re­sen­ta­tive repub­lic. One of the prin­ci­ples of our Found­ing Fathers is that our coun­try will be gov­erned by the peo­ple through the elec­tion of rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

We can only pre­serve our repub­lic through a fair, well-man­aged and law­ful elec­toral process.

The board serves as the su­per­in­ten­dent of Elec­tions for New­ton County and is re­spon­si­ble for see­ing that all voter reg­is­tra- tion and the con­duct of elec­tions com­ply with the laws set forth in the Ge­or­gia Elec­tion Code and the Rules and Reg­u­la­tions pro­mul­gated by the State Elec­tion Board.

Some things in life are more im­por­tant than po­lit­i­cal, pro­fes­sional or per­sonal gain: my God, my coun­try and my fam­ily.

I pledge my honor and in­tel­lec­tual com­mit­ment to the cit­i­zens of New­ton County to dis­charge the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of this of­fice with stri­dent duty.

In re­gard to my ap­point­ment, Com­mis­sioner Schulz com­mented: “I know that Mr. Perug­ino has in the past writ­ten some pas­sion­ate and some­times in­flam­ma­tory com­ments in The Cov­ing­ton News and I would hope that we would en­cour­age him to en­sure fair elec­tions for all vot­ers and pro­tect the rights for all vot­ers re­gard­less of the po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion.”

I take great pride in in­clud­ing my­self in the com­pany of other pas­sion­ate and in­flam­ma­tory Amer­i­can writ­ers, such as Thomas Paine, Ben­jamin Franklin and Thomas Jef­fer­son.

I am a prac­tic­ing pa­triot and con­sider it the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all Amer­i­cans to un­der­stand the is­sues fac­ing our gov­ern­ment, stay in­formed on the per­for­mance and ac­tions of the of­fice hold­ers and vote.

I will not com­pro­mise my prin­ci­ples.

“The only thing nec­es­sary for evil to tri­umph is for good men to do noth­ing.”

~ Sir Ed­mund Burke, 1781

I look for­ward to serv­ing you.

Wil­liam Perug­ino is ac­tive in lo­cal and re­gional pol­i­tics and can be reached at 3pe­rug­i­nos@ bel­lsouth.net.

WIL­LIAM PERUG­INO

COLUM­NIST

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