In January, I closed my growing law office of 10 years to come here to Afghanistan to serve as an infantry officer with the 41st Brigade Combat Team. It was a stand I chose to take for the people of my community, my country and for my own sense of personal duty and honor.
However, there are many ways a person can take an honorable stand for the community, and my brother Lawrence Hammond is doing just that by running for the Columbia County School Board chairmanship.
Lawrence's own military service, education, professional work experience, beliefs and ability to manage difficult personnel matters set him apart from his opponents to make him the best candidate.
As demonstrated by his daily business and personal actions it is clear that Lawrence has developed the leadership traits that reflect his belief in the basic virtues of Duty, Honor, God and Country. ...
In part, what we have learned and what Lawrence demonstrates is that all people should be treated fairly and with respect. From the poorest Afghan farmer to the richest doctor in West Lake, all people are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity. All people are entitled to have their children treated fairly and equally regardless of who their parents know, and all people have a right to have their voices heard and opinions fairly considered when decisions are being made that affect them or their children. This is the kind of person you want in public office, and Lawrence is this type of person.
Also, it is critical for the school board to work together in a professional and cordial manner. The board members form a team elected by the citizens to act on behalf of their children. The chairman may have additional responsibilities that set him apart from his fellow board members, but his is only one voice on a panel of several. Respect for others and fair treatment is essential to conducting business, and this is what Lawrence offers.
Unlike the other candidates, Lawrence has two small children in the Columbia County school system, graduated from the Columbia County school system... and most of our family lives in Columbia County. Lawrence is tied to the county, tied to the schools and has a vested interest in the success of both.
Lawrence represents the best this county has to offer. Vote for Lawrence Hammond for Columbia County School Board chairman.
1st Sgt. Shawn P. Hammond, JD
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