Letter to Editor:
The May 24, 2016, runoff is upon us. With it are the desperate and underhanded moves that can only be termed “dirty politics.” Everyone supporting a specific candidate wants their candidate to win. I understand that. But I will never vote for a candidate that resorts to winning by attempting to falsely discredit another candidate by the “any means necessary” mentality.
Solicitor Kellie McIntyre is running for an “open” judgeship, meaning there is no sitting judge in the seat to run against. Having spent all of her professional legal career in the court system progressively moving to the next level, it is a natural progression in her career ladder to seek the judgeship of the court that she now interacts with on a daily basis as solicitor. Solicitor McIntyre has performed at each career level with commitment, integrity, compassion, humility and exemplary legal knowledge.
It is intentionally being circulated in the community that Solicitor McIntyre is not ethical because she violated an agreement with an opponent not to run for the judgeship. The proof of this agreement is supposed to be that Solicitor McIntyre had a fundraiser for re-election to her current position. A fundraiser was held in November of 2015 as the start of preparing to seek re-election to her current position.
Most incumbents prepare for re-election if desiring to retain their position. In November there was no “open” judgeship and Solicitor McIntyre has no desire to seek the judgeship of a sitting judge. Judge Flythe vacated his judgeship after Judge Overstreet recently announced his retirement. This created an “open” judgeship whose anticipated vacancy was not known in November. There was no agreement that Solicitor McIntyre would not seek an “open” judgeship. Nor would she ever enter such agreement. Other candidates are also targeted with misinformation.
The decisions that we make now are important to our community’s future. Please research your candidates. Know their histories and vote for proven honesty and integrity. We must say with our votes that it is time out for “dirty politics.”