During the 10 p.m. newscast last night, I listened to two candidates, state auditor candidate Sandra Thomas and Jasper County presiding commissioner candidate John Bartosh stress their major qualification with each saying words to the effect- "I am not a politician."
I don't mind John Bartosh stressing his business background or Sandra Thomas talking about her experience as a county auditor, those are important qualifications, but make no mistake about it...there is nothing wrong with politicians, the problem is politics as usual.
I don't want to vote for a candidate who is not a politician, and who doesn't take pride at being a politician. Public service is a noble undertaking.
While Sandra Thomas talks about her CPA experience, her campaign is being run by politicians; her campaign coffers are being filled with money from the same special interests. Being a CPA is one qualification, and it may be one that is important to the voters, but make no mistake about it, Sandra Thomas is a politician. She has run for elected office before; she is running for it now and is saying the things she thinks will get her elected. I have no problem with that; that's the way the game of politics is played, but don't tell me you're not a politician while you are doing it.
And you can talk all you want to do about Gary Nodler, our state representatives, or behind-the-scenes people like Nick Myers, but the man behind John Bartosh's campaign, Jasper County Sheriff Archie Dunn, has shown time after time that he is the most skillful politician in this area. If Bartosh is elected, I wish him well, but he had better work on being a politician. His business experience is only going to take him so far.