Lazarus, Whittley, Butler best for county

Published 12:01 am Sunday, July 31, 2011

The person citizens choose as their representatives in government speaks volumes about the people behind the votes.

For years, our staff has sat down with political candidates in key local races for one-on-one interviews. We ask them difficult questions and press them for truthful answers.

The process allows us to form a solid understanding of who the candidates are and how they might represent our community.

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Today we publicly endorse candidates for Adams County Supervisor who will face off in Tuesday’s contested party primary races.

In District 1, incumbent Mike Lazarus has mellowed and matured much in his first term in office. His strong views on community issues such as recreation and his goal of eliminating duplication of services has earned our respect and our endorsement.

With the retirement of longtime supervisor Thomas “Boo” Campbell, three challengers step in seeking the district 3 seat. In our opinion, Wilbert Whittley brings the most to the table. Perhaps it’s his years as a coach and school sports official that gives him a calm collected personality. His ability to handle himself with professionalism and communicate well brought him to the top of a competitive group.

District 5 challenger Calvin Butler caught our attention as among the most bright, forward-thinking and energetic candidates. His ability to clearly communicate should serve county residents well. Butler edged out Moe Leblanc for our selection, though we encourage Moe to consider seeking public office in the future so we don’t miss his experience and interest in helping the community.

Selecting county supervisors is important, but we only get a chance to choose them once every four years, so please — regardless of which candidate you support — take the time to vote on Tuesday.