Letters to the Editor

Hargrove's actions questionable

As a voting member of the 47th District, I am thoroughly disappointed that Mark Hargrove has not withdrawn his bid for State Representative Position 1 because he blatantly violated his official ethical obligations.

He did this by filming a campaign video in the House Republican caucus room in the State Capitol despite being told the video was against staff policy. Further, the video depicts a budget that Hargrove implies he prepared, when in fact it was actually prepared by a House staff member.

While these two indiscretions are certainly enough to warrant disciplinary action, Hargrove sealed the nails in the coffin that was his campaign by soliciting potential voters via email addresses that were government property, not the addresses collected as part of his bid for reelection.

These ethical violations send a clear message to voters that Hargrove is willing to go to any means necessary to win his campaign, even if those means involve dishonesty. If this is how he runs his campaign, how can we be sure he doesn't perform his duties as State Representative in a similar manner?

I wish to be represented by someone who has a demonstrated record of integrity and truth-telling, and that candidate is Bud Sizemore.

– Rita Miller

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