It’s time to elect fresh faces
In next week’s elections, Johnston County voters have a chance to elect some new, fresh faces to office.
We have an opportunity to elect an attorney in the position of clerk of court. Michelle Denning, a local attorney, seems to be an impressive candidate. I have heard that she is a very nice, warm person with good people skills. In addition, she is quite experienced and is a suitable person to lead our clerk’s office.
Similarly, incumbent state Sen. Ronald Rabin has been good for Johnston County. I have found his office to be quite helpful and responsive to my needs as a constituent. I was able to get an easy appointment to see him, and his office returned calls and kept in touch.
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In the school board area, we really need to vote for change and bring in some fresh new faces even for the sake of change.
The school board seems to have fallen into a rut. These days, you get almost nothing coming out of Johnston County regarding innovation or where we are headed. It seems as if the progressive era ended when Dr. Anthony Parker retired. We had a good run with Dr. Tom Houlihan, Dr. Jim Causby and Dr. Parker.
Under the new folks, we have had a series of missteps; pricing the community out of our schools through high rentals; shutting out the media at a school event; the nose-ring fiasco that cost us hefty legal fees; not playing nice with the Smithfield charter school; and. most recently, a proposal to bar our home-schooled children and charter school children from accessing certain services. Let’s give school board candidates Kurt Bienias and Dade Sherman a chance to be the new, fresh faces on the school board.
Also, I encourage you to vote for candidates who believe in the traditional view of marriage as a union of man and woman. Please turn out and vote on Election Day.
Dr. Jerry Jailall