I have read all the minutes of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners from January 1994, through December 2011. I attended all the county board meetings from December 1996 to December 2000. I have written more than 140 full-page commentaries, mostly on Lincoln County politics, spending more than $22,000 on publication costs. One of these commentaries was titled: “Nice Guys, Good Old Boys, and Bully Boys.” Lincoln County politics has over the years too often been dominated by these three groups of political wannabees and political junkies whose desire for wealth, influence, notoriety, and power knows few boundaries and who view politics as war by other means.
I and many others have worked very hard over the last 15 years to recruit political candidates who would march to a different drummer. Among those we supported and who have served our citizens well have been Jim Klein, Bruce Carlton, George Arena and Carl Robinson Jr.
Jim Klein is running for the N.C. House of Representatives. He has been twice elected to the County Board of Commissioners. He is not your typical politician, and this grates on some of the local business interests. He is not overly popular with developers, who often have their own special interests and would much prefer a political wheeler dealer rather than someone who frequently defends homeowner concerns and interests.
As a conservative Republican, I can attest that we have some really nasty, ambitious and vindictive political operatives among our county Republicans. Southern charm and Christian generosity too often take a vacation during our county elections.
As the editor of the Colonial Spectator for the past 12 years, I would urge all Lincoln County Republicans and independents to vote in the Republican primary on May 8, and support the following candidates:
N.C. House (Dist 97): Jim Klein
N.C. Senate (Dist 44): David Curtis
County Commissioner: Martin Oakes
U.S. House: Patrick McHenry
N.C. Governor: Pat McCrory
– Dr. Harold R. Cadmus, Denver