by Emily Lewy
A runoff in the District 2 Commission race pits current commissioner, Tim Bowden, against an opponent who has made a habit of running for office without ever participating in county government in any way.
Voters ignored Bowden’s four years of excellent work on the commission when a few vengeful persons spread irrelevant and exaggerated rumors about him.
Those who expect elected officials to vote their way on every issue are naïve and unrealistic. It is not possible because we do not all agree on all the issues. While it is appropriate to speak out on matters that concern us, harassment of elected officials to get what you want is not acceptable.
Sunday alcohol sales created most of the opposition to Bowden. The decision to put that matter on ballot has now been made. It is over. Holding a grudge over things in the past can do great harm to all parties involved.
I have known Tim Bowden for some sixteen years. I vehemently disagree with him on a number of issues. But he has been a very good county commissioner. I will vote for him in the Runoff Election and will do everything I can to see that he is reelected.
I have attended most county meetings over the last sixteen years and I am reasonably well informed. I am not a single-issue individual looking for personal benefit from a county commission vote.
I urge registered voters to go to the poles and vote for well-qualified candidates who do a good job of serving all residents of the county.
Look for my ad in The Dahlonega Nugget in support of Tim Bowden.