As citizens of York County, we should strongly support Leah Moody for South Carolina Senate District 17. Moody has proven to be knowledgeable about the various local programs that can be used to stimulate the growth and enhancement of small businesses. Her legislative experience combined with the ability to connect and work for the interests of all people should give us confidence that she will apply her experience and courage in defeating those bills that do not serve in our best interest while helping to push those bills that do.
She will represent us with a voice of authority, serve with compassion, and has the ability to create unity between legislation and the constituents of District 17. Moody dedicates her life to serving the community and individuals as a part of the York County Bar, as an experienced community leader and as a strong supporter of our educational systems. She represents those who are voiceless and indigent, and she strives to be a vessel giving back. On June 10, elect someone you know will work with local officials to recruit new industries and jobs to the area, who supports universal health care and a public transit system for the four counties that make up District 17.
Senators' duties are broader than researching legislation and voting on issues. One must be qualified to answer citizens' questions, review bills, connect with the constituents and assist them in dealing with government agencies. Leah understands the procedures and rules. She has experience in drafting legislation and advising on critical legal matters.
Leah has been birthed from a family of educators, and assisting in the educational system seems to be a genuine passion for her. Her experience is one of a kind, and we need her in the Legislature.
Twana N. Burris
Ruffin is honest and hard-working
My husband, Kenny Ruffin, is running for County Council District 3 for the second time. Some people do not know him yet, but I would like to tell everyone about him. Kenny is the most honest and hard-working man that I have ever known. He is a wonderful husband and father.
I feel that both times, Kenny has run a clean, honest campaign and stuck to the issues. That's what politics is really about, right? I feel that in politics, you can judge a man by the way he runs his campaign. He is a conservative who lives on a budget at home and will bring these same principles to the council. Western York County will be well served by Kenny. He is a good Christian man who stands by his convictions and is willing to listen to everyone.
Kenny will appreciate every vote cast for him on Tuesday.
Candidate needs to address whole district
The race for York County Council District 6 Seat appears to be one of only a few issues, primarily the Airport Overlay District. I live in District 6. I have never had issues with the AOD zoning concept, never been approached or asked to sign any petitions, nor have any of my neighbors expressed concerns with the AOD.
I have learned from reading The Herald that District 6 candidate Alex Haefele sent letters to some of those in District 6 that opposed the AOD, apparently stating his support of efforts to stop the AOD. I did not receive one of these letters. My neighbors have not received one of these letters. My concerns are that this "Haefele letter" was a campaign tactic solely aimed at AOD petitioners, not the full constituency of District 6. I encourage any potential electoral candidate that wishes to represent me to, to represent me, not potentially just a select few.
McKown shouldn't return to office
I cannot imagine that adult, educated people would allow Doug McKown to regain his political office on Monday. His recent legal problems are only half of the issue.
Those who have been involved in professional matters that involved Mr. McKown know that he handled his post with careless hands. There are many horror stories out there about the way he spoke to families that tragically lost loved ones. We need a caring, professional and responsible person in the position of coroner. This is a huge responsibility.
I hope the large majority of people will not need to service of the coroner, especially until Mr. McKown is out of the office for good. This is a travesty.
Election letter deadline
The deadline for any letters pertaining to Tuesday's primary elections is 5 p.m. today.