In a previous letter to the editor (Aug. 1), I gave several reasons why term limits for our state and local constitutional officers are a bad idea. Today, I would like to make my case to the majority of voters in Columbia County who vote for Republican candidates.
The Republican Party base in Columbia County is one of the strongest in the state. The majority of voters in our county share the conservative values and core principles of the GOP.
In recent history, Democrats have not felt the desire to run for office in Columbia County. Primarily, Democrats have not run for office because their chance of success is not likely here – yet.
If the voters of Columbia County approve the special referendum to limit the terms of our county commission chairperson and commissioners, we will open the door for candidates who do not support our ideals of limited government and fiscal responsibility.
This year, the Democratic Party of Columbia County has a brick-and-mortar campaign headquarters in Columbia County. I have not seen this since moving here in 1993. The Democrats are preparing for a run in Columbia County.
With term limits, the list of qualified and willing candidates who share the core principles of the GOP will dry up.
The Democrats and others will seize the opportunity and place candidates on the ballot who share in their ideals of governing.
My hope is my first letter to the editor will give you good reason to vote no to the term limit referendum. If it does not, I hope this letter will convince you that in order to keep our conservative values and core principles strong in Columbia County, voting “no” is the best choice.