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Shaw is serious about being mayor

Published 11:45am Friday, October 5, 2012

Dear Editor, 

After reading Thursday’s Outlook I was very disappointed on the comments about mayoral candidate Charles Shaw. First of all there was a column that stated that the Chamber of Commerce, The Outlook and the candidates discussed and planned the forum that would have been held Thursday, Oct. 4.

Which candidates did they discuss it with?

To my knowledge there was a letter sent out stating time and place of the forum and for them to be there, not a discussion about if everyone would be able to make it on that date.

That is probably the reason the other candidates in the district runoffs opted out. Don’t say something was planned and agreed on when it wasn’t.

Second, there was a forum held in July and candidate Charles Shaw was there.

When you say that “it is very unsettling that some candidates in this election are choosing to avoid public interaction,” I take offense to that. What is public interaction to you?

Is it trying to make someone look bad through an article in the local newspaper?

Well to me it is when I get a knock at my door from a candidate who is trying to make known who they are and what they stand for.

Alexander City is a small town and most people know one another, but I personally did not know Charles Shaw until one day when I received a knock at my door. He introduced himself to me, talked with me about why he was running for mayor and what he stood for as far as his values – that is public interaction to me.

Elections should be about what the candidate has to offer and how bad they want to get their point across.

The funny thing is I voted for Mark Lamborne in the first election, but when I saw how hard Mr. Shaw was working to make himself known to people, my views changed.

Mr. Lamborne chose to answer questions for The Outlook, and Mr. Shaw chooses to go from door to door – that’s their personal choice.

The Outlook should just print his responses without making negative comments about Mr. Shaw.

If you have to try to compare one candidate to the other so the other one looks bad, then you shouldn’t print anything about election candidates.

To me it looks as if whoever is writing the articles is trying to persuade people into voting for Mr. Lamborne.

Citizens of Alexander City, please do not go off of things that you have read about Mr. Shaw. I personally think he is a great candidate.

His motto is “proven experience that I will put to work for the people of Alexander City as your mayor.”

I believe he will.

He has proven to me his seriousness about becoming mayor. Thank you for your time.

Jessica Phillips