Supporting Howard, Dasher and Flores for commissioner

Posted 10/28/20

To the Editor:

After reading interviews with all the candidates for Chatham County Commissioner (News + Record, October 15-21), I am convinced that Democrats Karen Howard and Mike Dasher need to …

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Supporting Howard, Dasher and Flores for commissioner

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To the Editor:

After reading interviews with all the candidates for Chatham County Commissioner (News + Record, October 15-21), I am convinced that Democrats Karen Howard and Mike Dasher need to be re-elected and that Franklin Gomez Flores will bring an important new perspective from our Hispanic community. Howard and Dasher have done a fine job for the county and deserve another term. Flores has an inspiring personal story as an immigrant, Chatham County Schools and first generation college graduate from UNC and resident of Siler City.

Electing these three people will provide a unique combination of experience and a fresh perspective. They bring a diversity of viewpoints, based on their race and gender, that reflect the changing makeup of our county. They are supporting investment in the future: strengthening public schools and services to students with special needs; environmental protection, with water quality being of particular concern; evaluation of the health and mental health needs of residents; and equity and justice in our community. They believe in the role for effective government to improve the lives of the people who live here. Chatham County is in a strong financial position with a AAA bond rating thanks to good financial management. Continuing investment is necessary for a great community where we can live, work and play.

Among the specific issues that Howard, Dasher and Flores plan to address going forward: ongoing health concerns of the pandemic and the economic fallout. We have benefited greatly from our commissioners following the advice of health professionals and being consistent in their messaging and approach. We still need that. They are advocates for reasonably priced, reliable broadband for everyone. They have taken meaningful steps toward affordable housing (including rental) for all economic segments of our population and will do more. Addressing the climate crisis will require stronger action.

Howard and Dasher have proven their willingness to work hard and make smart decisions through their service on numerous committees, the homework they do to prepare for meetings, and their participation in discussions. Flores embodies the American dream, currently serving on the Planning Board and seeking a Commissioner’s seat. He would be a model for young Latinos as to what they can achieve. I strongly support Howard, Dasher and Flores for Chatham County Commissioners. I hope that you will do your research and support them, too.

Vickie Atkinson

Chapel Hill

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