In Support Of Jonathan Mason

Saturday, March 29, 2014
As one might anticipate the tension is high in the District 7 County Commission race. A spirited and competitive campaign is what the American system of government was founded upon. However, in such a time statements can be misunderstood and actions misconstrued. Also, in such times passions can get the best of people. That passion may lead people, as it has me, to say and do things that later brings regret. I’ve seen tempers lost, language used on Saturday that you don’t use on Sunday and actions committed which far from correctly mimics one’s character.
None of us are perfect.

This brings me to the issue of Sabrena Turner’s campaign manager. Let me disclose Jonathan Mason is a friend of mine. I haven’t spoken to him in a couple of days and not about this issue. However, I know Jonathan falls short of being perfect; almost as much as me. Jonathan has at his heart a passion for our county, state and country. Jonathan did post on Facebook a question concerning the Morman belief. However, he posts many questions concerning religion and politics. He asks questions and is very informed on many issues. His knowledge leads me to study and view issues from different perspectives. Jonathan was not questioning Mr. Smartt’s religion. He never mentioned Mr. Smartt. On his personal Facebook he was, as he does on a normal basis, asking a question of his family and friends about different religious views. If Jonathan had asked a question concerning reformed theology or if this question was asked a year ago would there be an outrage? Giving the heated political season I understand the question could be misconstrued. Jonathan removed the post and apologized if some took offense.

I’m not a resident of District 7 but I do live in Hamilton County. I’m also an active Republican. Therefore, I want the best candidate for the job to help lead our county and the political party of which I belong. District 7 residents have three opportunities to choose a leader. Each candidate has different characteristics, work experience and political background which voters should consider. Thankfully, their character and integrity will not be a deciding factor as each candidate has a high moral and Christian standard. Jonathan does as well. 

If I run for office I’m going to ask Jonathan Mason to be my campaign manager. If I have a question about politics or religion I would like to know Jonathan’s view. I was Jonathan Mason’s friend on Monday and I am today. I’m honored to be his friend and I’m glad the Republican Party has leaders like him. 
Let's move past this issue and get back to looking at who should lead Hamilton County and the Republican Party. 
George Jackson
Hixson

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