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Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:45 p.m. CDT

Just some suggestions to those of you that are campaigning for office:

1. If you stop at a house that has a campaign sign in the front yard for your opponent, please consider the fact that you may have an uphill climb trying to convince that constituent that you are the best person for the job.

2. If you ask the constituent why they are not voting for you, make sure you are really interested in hearing their answer. Don’t get belligerent and question their intelligence on making this decision. Since they already indicated by the sign for your opponent in their front yard that they didn’t think you were doing your job, I doubt that your rude and arrogant attitude did a lot to change their mind.

3. Don’t continue making obnoxious remarks on your way back to your vehicle about the decision your constituent is making in not voting for you. Last I knew, everyone still had the right to choose to vote for the person they feel will best follow through on the job they are seeking.

This past election cycle set a new low in the civility of the campaign and apparently we have at least one individual in this county that follows that low bar. All taxpayers in the area defined by a specific election seeker are contributing to your salary in the job you are seeking. It is painfully obvious to many of us that you are not doing your job for the entire area involved, but rather picking and choosing who gets the benefit of the services you are supposed to provide for the entire area. There are still a few of us out there that would like to see our elected officials be civil and respectful to their constituents even if you do not agree with them, have enough courage to listen to their opinion on how you are doing your job and perhaps decide if there is some validity to their complaints, or better yet, do your job for all your constituents — not just a few.

Karen Wood



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