Volume 16, Number 2
I have been disappointed and disheartened during the year’s town election campaign by the disrespect and lack of common courtesy the backers of one candidate, Commissioner Jim Thompson, made in public spaces such as Facebook and the comments sections of The Wake Forest Gazette. Many comments that I thought were close to libelous I approved to let readers know about the state of the campaign.
I heard several times that state Representative Chris Malone was backing Thompson and urged him to run. I do not know that it is true; I suspect strongly that it is because Malone has been trying to build a power base in this area, probably with a view of running for another office soon.
After watching town elections for 47 years, I can say I’ve never heard and seen such disrespect and lack of common courtesy. I am happy to say that others saw and heard what I did – and turned out in large numbers yesterday to rebuke such behavior and elect Vivian Jones to her fifth term. That turnout and her election sweep of all nine town precincts restored my faith in the good sense and civility of the people of this town.