I myself thought the East Ridge candidate forum went very well. I believe we were a little short-changed with the time allowed for a couple of the questions, and most of us answered the questions the way the residents of East Ridge would like things to be handled.
Yes, I am running for the "right" reasons - I care about the city which is my home, I care about the people who make up this city. I care about the children who are the future of East Ridge, not just my own, but all of them. I do know and realize that before anything is done about the schools in East Ridge we have to go through Hamilton County - work together, hand in hand. I also know that Ringgold Road is Highway 41 not Route 1. I did not say that it was. I referred to "Exit" 1. Your two men that you are voting for referenced it as "Route 1" not me.
I do understand how the city operates - that's why I'm running to help get the city "running" in the right direction again, and I will be effective because I do understand, I do know the demographics and most of all I do care.
So, Mr. John Garth, you were there, but you heard what you wanted to hear, not what was "said" - not only by me, but my other running mates as well. You had your mind made up before the forum, and like the column says it is "your" opinion, but you need to get your facts straight along with your opinion. Everyone has their own opinion, but when someone "thinks" I said something wrong and they are wrong, it is my opinion to correct them, especially when it is as important as where my home is, my friends' homes are and most of all my family lives, and when more than one person is going to read something and "think" I said something I did not.