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Former agents endorse Reece for mayor

Former agents endorse Reece for mayor

To the Editor:

We are writing to express our enthusiastic support for the candidacy of Joel “Joey” Reece for the position of mayor in the city of Waynesville.

Each of the signees of this endorsement is a retired executive of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

We have known Joey as both friend and colleague for more than 25 years, serving our nation alongside him to stop the deadly flow of illegal drugs into our communities. Though the signees of this letter are retired DEA executives, they have had second careers holding leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies and local law enforcement. Some have also created consulting groups and other successful businesses.

From our professional and personal experiences, we each know Joey can be counted on to provide an articulate, direct and clear voice on important issues, always unafraid to provide leadership and vision when called upon to serve. Joey’s experience as a leader has taught him to be a great listener. He displays an intellectual curiosity regarding unfamiliar issues, and he is always willing to study, learn and cooperate to achieve the best outcome to challenging problems.

Joey has important experience in the development and execution of public policy and carefully managing taxpayer funds. He has also successfully worked with diverse groups and dissenting voices for common cause.

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Joey possesses the attributes necessary to provide the foundation and effectiveness of an outstanding public servant who will listen to the ideas of his constituents while applying experienced judgement to each decision. We believe Joey is a proven, humble and transcendent leader who is clearly well-prepared to serve the city he loves, providing Waynesville a trusted representative for all voters.

Early voting begins October 19, and we ask you to consider this hometown, experienced leader as you cast your vote for mayor of Waynesville.

W. Michael Furgason

R. Keith Brown

Derek Maltz

Marshall Fisher

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