Letter: To those who criticize my campaign contributions
In regards to the criticism aimed at me for supporting Dave Brown's campaign:
During an election, the people to be concerned about are those who make up and spread lies to mislead voters. This is the real "undue influence" in an election.
I'm proud to have supported a truthful and qualified candidate for Columbia County's next sheriff. The funding I have contributed to Dave Brown's campaign was for advertising his campaign. The ads are intended to reach voters so those voters can then research the candidate and become educated for when it come times to vote.
As for those people who have made up lies and continue to spread a false narrative and perpetuate those lies: shame on you. It's undisputed that Brian Pixley came to me first and asked for help with his campaign. Pixley then proceeded to send me text messages continuously until I agreed to meet with him, which I did. I heard Pixley out and thought about who to support for two to three weeks. Dave Brown never asked for my assistance.
For me, it came down to this: The sheriff's office needs major reforms in the best interest of the public. The newspaper headlines over the past two years well establish that. After hearing Pixley and Brown both, I had decided Dave Brown would most likely be the best for the job and get the Sheriff's Office in line with national standards and where it needs to be. There's nothing else to it.
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