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Pless is a bully, let’s vote him out

Pless is a bully, let’s vote him out

To the Editor: We need change in North Carolina’s 118th House District. Incumbent Rep. Mark Pless believes he does not answer to local government officials.

He has made some big mistakes in not working with local government, i.e., making all Haywood County elections partisan (school board and some municipal governing boards), introducing a bill that would strip Haywood County municipalities of their authority to act in Extra-territorial Jurisdictions located adjacent to municipal boundaries. He tried to have these bills passed behind the backs of local government. Why? Because he knew the local governments would not agree. So his answer was to bully his way to do this behind their backs. He has proven, over and over, that he is the boss and does not need to work with local government. Further, he has backed Frankie Wood in the scam to bring Ghost Town back to life. 

The Democratic candidate, Josh Remillard, volunteered to enlist in the Army and served two tours in Iraq. I admire anyone who volunteered to enlist when we have no draft. The training provided in the military is probably not understood by non-veterans. One thing taught in the military is that you work with others, not against them. Pless adheres to the GOP belief that a woman should not have control over her body in determining the right to an abortion, but Josh thinks otherwise. Remillard supports veterans and their rights. He has seen first-hand the impact of PTSD and the need need for state legislators to encourage local leaders for counties to work together to agree on who, what and where to start savings lives (collaborative model). My vote goes to Josh Remillard. 

Ron Robinson 


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