To The Daily Sun,
After a recent event with Executive Council candidate Mike Cryans, I sat down to write a simple letter of endorsement. He had my vote when his response to the question, "What are the three most important parts of the job?" was "Constituent service, constituent service, constituent service!" The late, great Ray Burton taught him well.
But recent letters and interviews have led me to expand my endorsement to address some additional issues. Recently, state Rep. Jane Cormier wrote a Letter to the Editor in which she stated that she "likes" Joe Kenney's (the other Executive Council candidate) use of $40,000 of his own funds for his campaign. I feel completely the opposite.
Mike Cryans has raised his campaign resources from over 740 individual donors. That many individual voters believe he is the one to do the job. As Rep. Cormier went on to say, "It is the voter with a ballot that makes a difference," and Mike Cryans has voters behind him.
I was also surprised to read an interview with Joe Kenney in which he supported the concept of "crowd funding" to fund some services. Again, I couldn't disagree more. State and local services need reliable revenues sources so that citizens can be sure they will stay in place, and that does not mean being put out to bid on the internet.
A final, and critical, correction is in order as well. A recent letter stated that the late Ray Burton always supported the Republican candidate. In fact, Ray Burton endorsed Mike Cryans for Grafton County Commissioner in 2012. And, just recently, Ray Burton's siblings endorsed Mike Cryans to succeed Ray at the Executive Council. As they stated in their letter of endorsement, Ray's siblings believe Mike Cryans shares their brother's values of "service above politics."
Please join me in supporting and voting for Mike Cryans for Executive Council on March 11.