So, I went around setting up signs for my dad today. He's running for county controller in McKean county. On the off chance someone googles this race and happens to come across this post, I'm writing to inform the McKean County voter (Pennsylvania) (and everywhere else I can, for that matter).
Basically, we have an election where the incumbant is responsible for the detrimental state of the economy in McKean county. Why? Well, as Tom Ball told my dad before he decided to run against him (to paraphrase), there's no sense in fighting the system because the county court house is a mess. Ahh, yes -- he was attempting to rationalize the fact that he had let tremendous tax hikes pass through the county without so much of a quiver of his lip (and he call's himself Republican). In 10 years, he allowed property tax to rise 260 percent. This from a county that no one wishes to reside in, in the first place. McKean county sees very few of its young people stick around because its more beneficial financially to live elsewhere.
To bring up even more dirt, Tom Ball lacks the credientials that my father posesses: he wasn't even elected to the position which he has resided over virtually unchallenged for the last 14 years!
He found it convenient to hire on a full-time accountant to do his job for him, rather than live up to the fact that he doesn't have a Masters in Business, or a tremendous financial background like residing over controller of a multi-million dollar construction company.
The sad fact of the matter is that Tom Ball is merely part of the "good 'ol boy network". He hasn't done much more than collect a paycheck. He shows no sign of ambition or a need for change.
That's why I say (not speaking for my father), to heck with Tom Ball and his old do-nothing cronies. Elect Randall Turner for county controller! If we don't change, we will continue to watch our county deteriorate, and we will watch as the great days of yesteryear slip forever beyond that faint, glorious horizon.
Bradford, a major city in McKean county, once boasted more millionaires per capita than any town in the NATION. Surely, we can return to age of prosperity, if we will only be so bold as to take chances on new companies, open the doors to free enterprise, and set loose the common small business man to work the land as God intended, free of the tyranny of outrageous tax hikes and petty politicians.