As a daughter of county commissioner candidate Randy Fairbanks, it is hard to sit by and just watch the effects of a campaign and what so many speak of as “dirty politics.” I am now nearly 25-years-old and to watch my dad do everything in his power to protect my sister and me from a very early age, it is now I want to return even the smallest amount for him.
It truly makes my heart sad to know what people will stoop to do just to win an election. Please know I in no way, shape or form want to point fingers at one single person, because I was brought up better than that, but it is hard to not hear some of the things people have tried to “float around” about my dad. To my family, it is not worth your integrity or honesty just to win an election. When I hear of a rumor or a lie told about him, I always ask his response which is always the same. “Oh, it will pass soon enough. We just need to keep doing what we are doing and not worry about anything else.” Of course to me, I just want to tell someone off to protect him, but I am still to this day taught to focus on myself and not worry about what I cannot control.
All day long people can try to tear him down and tell lies, but you can never touch his integrity, faith, family or foundation. At the end of the day, election won or loss what do you have? To me, we have our family and faith that can’t be shaken and integrity goes hand in hand with both of those. I have never been more proud of my dad than I am this very day. He keeps his head up and pushes forward, no matter the circumstances. He always has a positive attitude, even when one shouldn’t and never once have I heard him breathe a negative word towards an opponent. Wouldn’t our world be a better place if we could all say the same for ourselves? If we are being honest, I know I am still learning a thing or two from him because I cannot say the same for myself about those character traits.
So to whom it may concern, please know this: You can try all the lies you want but that will not change the man my dad was, is and will always continue to be and to me that is my hero.
Lauren (Fairbanks) Preston
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Even though I do not reside in District 1, I wanted to take the opportunity to personally endorse Randy Fairbanks for county commissioner.
I met Randy over 20 years ago and he made a great impression on me. First and most importantly, Randy is a dedicated family man. He is very proud of his family and exudes happiness. He is a model citizen as he is always giving back to the community. Whether it is the schools, local sports as a coach or referee, or serving in various leadership positions in organizations - Randy cares about Hamilton County and his community.
Randy has been a small business owner for many years. Being a practicing CPA for 29 years, Randy would provide much needed financial acumen to the County Commission.
If I resided in District 1, I would proudly vote for Randy Fairbanks for the Hamilton County Commission. He will represent District 1 well and be a valuable asset to the County Commission.
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Well, I think it is wonderful that a daughter loves her father. Randy should be her hero. The problem is it has nothing to do with this election. This election is about comparing two candidates. Comparing their public records, their friends and associates and who they support, their conduct and how we got to this point.
I am sure that Rhonda’s daughter loves her and thinks she is her hero. I am quite sure of that because Rhonda is a hero of mine. Whatever negative things anyone has said about Randy is a drop in the ocean compared to the years of abuse from the media Rhonda and her family have endured. She is a big girl and can take it with class.
Again, that has nothing to do with this election. We are not voting on father or mother of the year. This is serious and anything that distracts us from this decision is just window dressing.
You won’t see these kinds of letters supporting Rhonda because I am sure she wants to win on her merit, not on emotion.
Rhonda’s experience, tenacity, and guts far outweigh those qualities in her opponent.
We can take care of father or mother of the year after Aug. 7.
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Mr. Price mentions Rhonda Thurman’s tenacity, experience and guts in his response concerning Mr. Fairbanks daughters letter in your comments section. Where was this tenacity and guts when she had the chance, opportunity and experience from previous campaigns to run against Mr. Fairbanks and Mr. Skillern in the primary...Only when her candidate lost did she start her campaign for whatever reason. That is known only by her.
Richard L. Elrod
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Well done, Lauren. I have known your father for several years on a professional level and I can attest to the fact that he has integrity. Something that Mrs. Thurman, and her mud-slinging is lacking. Mrs. Thurman continues to change her responses to suit the occasion and frankly, it is getting old. I have voted for Mrs. Thurman in the past for School Board, but no more. She has conducted herself in a way that has been unsuitable to represent my district, whether it is school board or commission. She has become an embarrassment to our area and I will be glad when she is no longer holds an office.
As for you, Mr. Smith and your comment of “You won’t see these kinds of letters supporting Rhonda because I am sure she wants to win on her merit, not on emotion.” You are so correct in this statement. You certainly won't see letters such as this supporting Rhonda, but not because she wants to win on merit, but because she doesn’t have the support that Mr. Fairbanks has from his friends, family, community and peers.
It's time to heal our district, our schools and our community and Randy Fairbanks is the one to do it.
Kristi Nunley Berry