There Is Only One Candidate For East Ridge Mayor

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This is not going to be your typical ‘three descriptors separated by a comma’ statement of support. Frances Pope is the only candidate for mayor of East Ridge; this statement is more of a fact than it is an opinion.

Let’s take a step back before we go into why Frances Pope is the most ideal candidate: Every election cycle there are always candidates who push certain ideals to sway potential voters (faith, conservative, and etc). Some of the candidates are elected; and usually, these same candidates do not deliver on their spoken principles or promises.  There are exceptions like Marc Gravitt, for example, who fulfill their campaign promises; however, these types of people are the exception to the rule and need their fellow elected officials to be of the same integrity and have a ‘city first’ attitude to be most effective. Let’s test the “overall, elected candidate’s quality” statement with a question: “Is East Ridge reported on in a more negative or positive light?” It’s a simple test, but it is generally effective. It’s not any one person’s fault: It’s just that most people in the south do not want to think of someone as dishonest or incapable.

 I think it is about time we put someone in the position of mayor who can actually do the job. It’s about time we put the person who is always in the background giving the numbers and details to the table. It’s about time we elect someone who doesn’t claim to be a preacher, but practices what they preach. It is about time we elect someone who doesn’t try to sell you on something they have no intention of delivering. It’s about time we elect someone we elect someone who can work with quality officials as a team.

It’s about time we Elect Frances Pope to East Ridge mayor. Anything else, it’s just a waste of everyone’s valuable time.  

Robert Frye



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