The New Year is upon us, and with it, great changes appear on the horizon for those of us in Wise County. This year we will be electing new leaders, including a new county judge – the chief administrative officer of the county who will preside over the commissioners’ meetings and lead us in moving forward on several important issues.
Those issues include creating responsible budgets, addressing and implementing long-term water plans, as well as pursuing better economic development for the entire county. We must choose someone whose intelligence and integrity will guide him and our commissioners as they make decisions that daily affect us all.
J.D. Clark is the person to best fill the county judgeship this year. He is that man of vision, with the integrity, intelligence and responsibility to make tough decisions on our behalf. He has the ability to collaborate with others, to be fair and patient, to prioritize issues and, most importantly, to be decisive.
We have known J.D. for 13 years, long before he ran for political office. He has always been the consummate statesman from the day he first entered the political arena. In these times when politicians disillusion most Americans, one man stands separate from them all: J.D. Clark.
We are convinced he will not disappoint us. Vote for a true statesman, not a politician!
Annette and Don Stephens
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Messenger will run letters to the editor endorsing or opposing announced political candidates through the Feb. 22, 2014 issue for the March 4 primary elections. Leters should be brief, and those offering criticism should focus on policies and politics, avoiding personal attacks.