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Letter to the editor: Liz Brown candidate with honor, integrity

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:01 am

I’m often amazed at the audacity of elected officials who claim that their personal lives have no bearing on their public lives.

We see it repeatedly when a politician gets caught in a less than flattering position, both figuratively and literally. These career politicians become indignant at the implication of wrongdoing and then quickly run to the tired defense of irrelevance. Their claim is an old one that what they do on their own time is their business.

This is true to a degree, but nonetheless, indiscretions show true character. Our elected representatives must be above reproach. They must be careful to avoid any situation where favoritism or entitlement might be perceived. Elected officials must remember that they cannot enjoy or dole out special favors unavailable to the taxpayer. It’s not only their personal integrity at stake, but the integrity of the office itself. If the people cannot trust the officeholder to act without prejudice, what good are laws?

Senate District 15 deserves a representative who will serve with honor and integrity. Liz Brown has demonstrated her strong, noble character, and I’m confident she will serve with honor if elected. Liz has my vote, and I urge you to support her for state senate as well.

Mark Howard