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Re: “Orange County races

I have the utmost respect for Barry Jacobs. I am and glad to see that he is being endorsed here. I have included a letter to the editor that I have sent out to a couple of our local newspapers about why NOT to vote for Joe Phelps!!! Just in case your are interested:

As I read over the Democratic Party’s pamphlet on the Candidates for the Orange county commissioner’s race, my heart was filled with real concern. According to this pamphlet, the two candidates who seem to have the most support (based on advertising) have failed to include education or government programs in their platform. Everyday the news states budget cuts are continually being made to our educational system. As a teacher and a mother of school age children, I am nervous about how these budget cuts will affect the youth of Orange County. At this moment, I cannot support Joe Phelps and Earl McKee’s ideas on “land and retail development”. I like our small town and do not want to see it overrun with too much “progress”. I believe in supporting our local mom and pop shops, small businesses, and farmer’s markets around Hillsborough. After all, isn’t that why we love Northern Orange county, because of its rural beauty and quaint downtown? I don’t want to see a strip mall on every corner. Personally, I do not mind paying our increased taxes if it means our teachers and children are adequately supported by local government. It is my fear that some of the candidates will use the information that they are privy to as a commissioner for their own personal gain. Does anyone else have any concerns about voting for a realtor/land developer? I feel the underlying reason these candidates are running for office is not for the good of Orange County, but rather to pad their pockets. This is one of the many reasons that I cannot vote for Joe Phelps specifically.
On a more personal note, I had an incredibly negative experience involving Mr. Phelps and the purchase of my home. Parties involved in its sale grossly misrepresented the house. Due to extreme repair costs, my family has lost its financial and emotional security, as well as the American dream. If this kind of misrepresentation could happen so easily with just one piece of property, imagine how Mr. Phelps could misrepresent our county.
If the citizens of Orange County do not want to experience buyer’s remorse, then the voters should be cautious of what Joe Phelps’s campaign is ‘selling’. BUYER BEWARE!

Posted by ellemvee on 04/22/2010 at 5:10 PM

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