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Why I won’t be at Meet the Candidates night

May 5, 2011

On May 9, Citizens for Open Government (CFOG) have planned a Meet the Candidates night. I do not plan to attend for the following reasons:

1. It has been a Meet the Candidates year for me, continuously meeting the voters of Shohola. My election signs are plentiful, each representing residents who have discussed with me what is important to them.

2. CFOG was established last year because, as its chairman announced, “We are frustrated and deeply concerned by the significant interruption of local government caused by the continuing efforts to remove from office three individuals [Don and Nelia Wall and Marianne Yeaw] who have well-served local government….”

Removing the Walls from their positions of public trust was an important decision I made based on my investigation of their actions in office, and taken in the best interest of the residents of Shohola. CFOG wants them back—in spite of the pending grand jury investigation, and Wall’s suspension from the fire department. This is hardly an objective organization.

3. I never accepted the invitation from CFOG (mailed to the wrong address), but true to their reputation for not dwelling on the facts, they proceeded to use my name in advertising anyway. I will not meet with this organization when it is arranged to prohibit reasonable objectivity, and response in the press.

4. I invite the candidates to debate local issues, but on terms agreeable to all candidates; either may contact me. Both opponents have been CFOG supporters, and while I investigated claims of corruption within our township, they both demanded my resignation instead of taking action. I will never turn my back on Shohola.

Greg Hoeper
Shohola, NY