The forthcoming Damascus Supervisor election is very important. No matter who is elected, the Board will have to deal with a range of crucial issues, issues that require both understanding and expertise. The article by Tom Kane in the last issue of the River Reporter is a major contribution to the community, one that makes the choices very clear.
Joe Canfield clearly demonstrates that he understands the issues and that he has the skills needed for this position. Most significantly, he has a clear personal and professional track record of promoting communications within the community as a whole, overseeing specific tasks, such as road maintenance, and helping to create a balanced budget with no tax increases. On a personal level, he has helped create jobs, made his company’s equipment available to the township, and contributed the personal check he received from FEMA for storm clean-up, to the food pantry.
Delores Keesler is a very nice, well-intentioned, person. While she expresses herself very well, I am reminded of the old commercial, “Where’s the beef?” It is no surprise that there is none! There are no specifics and there is nothing to indicate any real understanding of the issues she would have to deal with if elected. She also fails to adequately disclose that she was replaced at the Damascus representative to UDC because she failed to carry out the explicit instructions given to her by the Board of Supervisors.
In my opinion the decision is clear. Our community is too important for us to take a chance on someone who lacks the qualifications for the position.