Thomasville Times Enterprise

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February 26, 2014

Commissioners choose to represent minority and their own agenda

Letter to the editor from Edward Marshall

THOMASVILLE — County commissioners are elected to represent the people of Thomas County. Each commissioner represents the wishes, and intentions of about 3,500 voters and their non-voting family members, a littleover 5,000 people (probably) represented by each commissioner.

The commissioners, as elected officials, are temporary part-time employees of the people. The county employees who are hired, not elected, are the permanent full time employees of Thomas County.

It’s a smart elected official who knows he is temporary and the hired workers will be there after the next election. You won’t see a commissioner driving a fire truck or guarding prisoners and not many fire fighters or prison guards run for commission seats. Civil servants in Thomas County are a small part of the population, 340 people plus their families, out of 44,000 population. But an important group.

When commissioners decided in August 2013 to raise property, fire and emergency services taxes in Thomas County a total of 3.2 mils, well over 35 percent, they were betraying the trust of the citizens and in myopinion showing contempt for the people who elected them. Before that day they were the representatives of the people who elected them. Not so much after that day.

I believe the betrayal arises when a commissioner thinks of the job as his instead of belonging to the people and thinks his opinion alone is more important than the opinion of the 3,000 people who elected him orher.

I attended the public hearings on the tax increase and, as I’ve pointed out to many people, there was not a single person who spoke up in support of raising taxes. But that didn’t deter the commissioners from raising taxes anyway.

At least five of the commissioners cannot, in my opinion, be trusted to do the right thing when it comes to representing the will of the majority; choosing instead to represent the minority, however deserving, and their own agenda, whatever it may be.

Elections are now looming and I believe everyone who is inclined to serve should run for office. Run as a Republican, Democrat, or Independent but run. I plan to. The only downside to this election is if no one runs against these megalomaniacs. If the voters return these people or their hand chosen successors to office then people who don’t vote deserve what happens the next four years.

Partisan qualifying for Primaries and Independent qualifying is Monday March 3 until noon March 7. Independent Nomination Petitions are due by July 8. Winners of the Partisan Primaries will go to the General Election in November along with qualifying Independent candidates.

Anyone in Commission District 5 or whose precinct is District 5 Pavo, District 5 Patten, Boston, Barwick, or Gatlin Creek who would like to sign my Independent Qualifying Petition please call 229-403-2474 and I’ll bring the petition to you to signand briefly discuss platform issues.

Edward Marshall

Boston

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