Friday, June 22, 2012
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Douglas will preserve quality of life as District 1 Commissioner
Qualifying for elected offices has ended and the political campaigns are in full swing across Newton County. The county commission will see at least two new members with the departure of Commissioners Mort Ewing in District 1 and Tim Fleming in District 5. With the arrival of Baxter International and its potential impact on my home in District 1 in particular, that commission race takes on great significance indeed.
Fortunately, I believe there is a steady, experienced leader in the race to replace Mort Ewing. My friend John Douglas brings more than 12 years of experience in local and state government. As our conservative voice for those years, he has a record of reasonable spending, never voting for a tax increase, strong public safety support and less intrusion in our lives. With Baxter coming into our county, and hopefully other companies as well, I believe that his experience and expertise will be critical as we seek to balance this transformation.
Like the rest of us, John Douglas welcomes Baxter to our community. However, he also supports the comprehensive land use plan that provides for a rural and semi-rural lifestyle in District 1. He believes we can live side by side with Baxter without disrupting the great quality of life we currently have in our part of Newton County. To that end, I know he understands that it will take a keen eye and willpower to maintain that balance. I understand he has pledged that there will be no wholesale rezoning, bulldozing or disruption in District 1 outside of the planned growth areas around Stanton Springs and the Hub Junction.
This is a time for trusted leadership in District 1. Having to learn on the fly with no background or experience could cost this area dearly. I recommend a vote for my friend, former Sen. John Douglas. He has always held true to his word, performing tasks and holding positions as promised. He has always delivered on his pledges and will continue to do so as our District 1 commissioner in Newton County.-- Norris Key, Covington