Backing Greg Martin

Monday, July 23, 2018
Honestly, I don't weigh into many political races these days.  Most of my support is offered quietly and behind the scenes.  Today I am writing to support District 3 County Commissioner Greg Martin for re-election.  He deserves another term.  Please allow me to offer my reasoning.

Commissioner Martin weighs into the issues.
  He impresses me that he actually knows the issues in our District and Hamilton County.  It is refreshing to see someone finally just read the material and get involved.  He makes himself available to the public.  He actually attends and participates in Board of Commissioners meetings.  He is in the community.  He returns phone calls and text messages.  In other words, he is doing his job as one elected to represent the people, the citizens, whether they vote or not, in District 3.  


Commission Martin grasps the need for additional support for Emergency Services Organizations in Hamilton County including the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Hamilton County Emergency Services, Hamilton County Ambulance Services, and Volunteer Fire Departments.  He understands the growth of Hamilton County is greatly overwhelming and all of these Emergency Service Organizations are being stretched to the maximum.  Thankfully Mayor Coppinger led the way to offer much needed assistance for Emergency Services Organizations during the latest budget cycle and Commissioner Martin voted in favor of it.

Commission Martin is not timid to represent what he believes is best for the District and the County.  This quality is one that is encouraging.  Those that represent the citizens should determine the best course, based on the best information they have, have open and honest discussions about the matter, draw a conclusion and stick to it.  This process is one that is collaborative, yet consistent with one elected to represent the constituents.

My opinion is my opinion and it is that Greg Martin should receive the opportunity to continue service on the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners for the next four years.  My opinion only.

Mitch McClure
Former District 3 Hamilton County Commissioner


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