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Candidate’s conduct mars mayoral campaign

Posted on August 24, 2021

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Is it just me, or is the election in Spring Hope this year a complete poop show?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am always critical of government bodies — in my opinion, everyone should be. If you are not looking at every detail, then you are not paying attention. The problem with this election is the devil is in the details and there is a ton of detail; and none of it is good for Spring Hope, Nash County or any local municipality, for that matter. 

What office did you file for? We have a mayoral candidate who isn’t even campaigning to be mayor. Instead, this candidate is targeting a current commissioner in little temper tantrums because that candidate sent texts to said commissioner and got caught with his little elitist pants down. This person has yet to address the person he is running against, most likely because of those overtly racist and elitist texts that The Enterprise brought to light in July.

You said it, now own it. There are no conspiracies, nobody photoshopped those texts and you cannot lie your way out of it by deflecting onto a well-respected local family. You are just mad you got caught and showed your true colors and have lied so frequently that the general public should be concerned that you don’t even know what the truth is anymore. Own it and move on. Stop deflecting and take responsibility like an adult.

If you file to run for mayor, then run for mayor and campaign for mayor — stay out of the other races. Stop starting all of these childish rumors and playing the victim, or drop out and let the adults handle things. Local elections are no place for the childishness of state and national politics, and bringing that crap to our town won’t win anyone any points at the polls. Run your race. Stay out of the other ones.

Transparency. There is a Facebook page named Citizens of Spring Hope that is little more than a cesspool of political garbage and rhetoric. The page is administered anonymously, which, if done by a candidate, violates state and federal election laws.

I do not know who is actually behind that page, but if a local candidate is behind it, that shows a lack of transparency that translates to a complete lack of leadership skills.  Those sponsored ads can be tracked by their payment. I have already notified the State Board of Elections that it needs to investigate. Lord knows the local media isn’t going to. Maybe we will have that answer soon.

Chaos. The public comments section has turned into something hillbilly shows are made of. I don’t know who the lady is who lives outside of town, but the mayor needs to reel her in. Talk about town concerns and keep your gripes about people driving by your trailer on a public road to yourself. Discuss town issues or sit down and shut up — please.

Stop. Please stop this nonsense. Please run on the issues. I am hoping the candidate forum will be streamed by the Southern Nash News as I have a decreased immune system. I was disappointed not to be able to see this month’s meeting. I hope to be watching, and I will be voting in November.

Paul Stener

Spring Hope

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