Well, it's election season again, and that means we are all treated to unending hymns of praise for this candidate or that, with everyone swearing on a stack of Bibles what fine human beings they are. There are, however, people who know the truth about a candidate, people who get the chance to observe them in their native habitat, unguarded in their actions.
I am referring to neighbors. A neighbor sees how a man treats his wife, how his kids respond to him, how he manages his household and whether or not his public image matches the private reality. I was Wade Padgett's next-door neighbor for a number of years, and I can tell you the truth about him: he is absolutely one of the finest men I have ever known. He is a genuinely decent and generous individual, the kind of guy you could call at three in the morning for help and know he would come to your aid. He is a model of integrity and common sense, and he treats everyone with fairness and old-fashioned courtesy. Despite his commitments to the magistrate court, to his law practice, to his church and community, he always puts his family first, which is all too rare these days.
For those who are wondering where all the good guys have gone, Wade Padgett is your man. I hope you will join me in voting to elect Wade our next chief magistrate judge for Columbia County.
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