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Letters, Nov. 2

Voting for Graham

Citizens of Ashland are fortunate to have those who seek to govern as mayor and council members. Our choice of mayor is a very important one, for we face serious issues.

One issue is that of continuing the quality of life that draws us to Ashland with limited funds. The two candidates differ markedly on how each chose to handle campaign expenses. Julie Akins chose to not limit herself to the suggested maximum of $3,875, and has received over $12,000 in cash contributions, with 7 contributions of $1,000 or more.

Tonya Graham has chosen to limit her donations to the suggested limit of $3,875, even limiting her maximum contribution per individual to $100. I find in Graham’s approach the acceptance of limited finances — the very quality that will be necessary in our political leadership moving forward.

I will be voting for Tonya Graham.

Jim Stumbo


Akins will be a great mayor

I have “video blogged” every Ashland City Council meeting for over three years. I know, it’s a weird hobby. It allowed me to observe both of our mayoral candidates in their City Council positions. Based on that, I believe Julie Akins should be the next mayor.

Both are well-meaning citizens of Ashland, but Akins has the chops for the two main things I am looking for in a mayor — leadership and good judgment.

Akins engages an issue early on with an informed opinion and a clear point of view. She is uniquely able to react to comments and criticisms. Her opponent approaches issues from a managerial perspective. Akins is a leader.

Akins makes decisions more in line with what citizens are asking for. Her opponent tends to be swayed by the prevailing city power brokers. Akins shows good judgment.

Julie Akins will be a great mayor of Ashland.

Jim Falkenstein


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