by Cliff Potts
former mayor of payson
I would like to express my observation regarding those who are seeking public office in the upcoming primary (March 12) for the Payson Town Council.
I have the opportunity of knowing most of the individuals quite well and becoming acquainted with the others seeking office. I think that Payson is very fortunate to have such a fine group of people asking us if they can be of service. I know for a fact that each one of the candidates is sincerely committed to serving the people of this town and bringing to bear their heartfelt viewpoints on the issues confronting the community.
I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to each one of them for stepping up to compete for the offices available. I think it's important for each of us to do an intense review of each of these candidates to see how they will be able to serve the town.
By virtue of the fact that they are seeking office or holding office makes them a politician and that is a good thing.
"Politician" should not be a bad word in this great country of one person, one vote. All of us need to exercise our right to put the best person in political office, support them in that office, and recognize them for their efforts that they are investing on our behalf.
I would be very pleased to see no more insults in this paper against the character and integrity of the candidates. I would like to see the good points and those things that the people of this town feel their favorite candidate can do for us.
It's time that, in America, we stop insulting our political leaders and, instead, support them in their efforts and encourage them to do better for us.
It has been my experience that nearly all the politicians I know are well intentioned, honest people and simply because I may not agree with them, it does not make them a bum. We need to stop calling our public servants bums and, instead, support them in their undertakings on our behalf.
I would like to thank all of the candidates who are running. Congratulations to those who win the election. You have my support.