Journalist Never Spoke To Me Directly

Hallie Overman-Jackman

Hallie Overman-Jackman Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Editor/Pete:

It is amazing that a journalist of your stature would make such outlandish remarks (Fussy flap about stats in supervisor race, Oct. 30) about my candidacy for such an important office without ever speaking to me directly.

You have never spoken to me about my issues for this campaign. You have never interviewed me and never asked my opinion on county policy.

If you had taken the time to speak with me, you would know that I went directly to the horse’s mouth, so to speak, the county manager.

I also took my campaign manager with me. The question was asked “is the figure 80 percent of the revenue coming from District 1 correct?”

Don McDaniel’s response, “82 percent and I hope you do not plan on trying to get it all back in services.”

Tommie Martin herself has on more than one occasion quoted “69 percent” and “70 percent” in articles and editorials that have been published in your paper. Not the “36 percent” you and Ms. Martin now claim.

I did not see where you met with the county manager, treasurer or anyone but Ms. Martin.

Shame on you ... you didn’t speak with me or check my source.

You and journalists of your ilk are the reason that many qualified individuals do not seek public office ... you are allowed to say what you want with no rebuttal.

There was a quote under your picture that states “I have climbed to the top of a greasy pole,” by Benjamin Disraeli. I really can’t think of a more appropriate quote to be placed under your picture.

Shame on you!

Hallie Overman-Jackman,

candidate for county supervisor Dist. 1

Editor’s note: Ms. Overman-Jackman did not return a call seeking comment on the figures. The column in question noted that figures provided by county officials, in this case Deputy County Manager John Nelson, showed that 36 percent of the property tax received by the county came from Payson and about 60 percent from District 1. The column discussed the difficulty of determining precisely what percentage of county services went to District 1. County Manager Don McDaniel did not return calls prior to press time seeking comment on the figures Overman-Jackman attributed to him.

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