YOUR OPINION: Former mayor disavows implied endorsement

Dear Editor:

I regret having to write this letter, but I must set the record straight. Some time ago, George Hartsfield asked me to support his candidacy or mayor. I told him no. I clearly said that I would not endorse him. There could be no misunderstanding my position.

However, Mr. Hartsfield ignored by response and is using a picture of my husband and me in his campaign material. I cannot think of any reason for Mr. Hartsfield using this picture without permission other than an attempt to deceive voters into thinking that my husband and I are supporting him. Let me be clear — Paul and I do not endorse George Hartsfield for mayor.

I am terribly disappointed and quite honestly a little afraid that a person so willing to disregard others is running for mayor of our great city. As a former mayor, I value the office and I know firsthand that sneaky, underhanded tactics will only harm our city.

Our next mayor faces many challenges and will need to be highly skilled at working with people. The mayor must be a listener and a doer — someone of the highest integrity. I believe Mr. Hartsfield has demonstrated he does not have the qualities we need in our next mayor.

It’s a shame that I can’t reach everyone who has seen our picture on Mr. Hartsfield’s campaign material, but it is my hope that voters will read this letter and share the information in it with others so that the truth can be known.

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