Each of us no doubt remembers that most famous address by President Abraham Lincoln in which he voiced these timeless words: "...government of the people, by the people, [and] for the people..." While they were offered in a period of national upheaval and at an extremely somber moment, they have become words which are both inspiring and unique to the American experience.
Many, challenged by the truths of Lincoln's text, have sought to take hold of and engage in that government, some pursuing that calling in Washington, others in our state capitol and some locally.
One such individual who embodies the spirit to which Lincoln referred is Sabrena Turner. While Sabrena is seeking to serve the people of Hamilton County in District 7 on the County Commission, her track record is one of leading the people and their issues from amongst them, as a fellow citizen.
One of the great battles of our community over the last several years has been that of annexation, pitting the People against the Enlightened Elite, truly a David versus Goliath struggle. But when the time came to lead and fight, Sabrena stepped forward, undeterred by the size of the task or the resources of the opponent. As a founding board member of Hamilton County Residents Against Annexation, an entity Sabrena assisted in forming, she was on the front lines in this momentous battle that has saved property owners hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to date, not to mention the million of dollars that will continue to be saved in future years.
While the annexation battle served to reveal the true character and values of Sabrena, she is far from a single issue or one dimensional candidate. As a small business owner, Sabrena was named the 2012 Realtor of the Year. She serves or has served on a number of boards, is active in her church and continues to credit her successes to her faith in God and commitment to Jesus Christ.
It was Vince Lombardi who said, "Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."
Sabrena is one such made leader "of the people, by the people, for the people." And it's why my wife and I are pleased to not only vote for Sabrena, but we are eager to encourage our friends, neighbors and citizens of District 7 to join us in electing Sabrena Turner as our next Hamilton County District 7 Commissioner.
Mark and Lori West