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Difference between candidates: Improve not punish

I would like to state a few points for the record. When I opted to protest the March 15th Primary results in Raleigh, one of my primary reasons was to bring existing flaws in our election process to light so that the effort could be made to correct them and allow every vote to count.

My opponent's recent speech in front of the County Commissioners seems to be a continued attempt to build dissension instead of consensus. First, she accused the voters of being at fault for receiving the wrong ballot (State Board of Elections Review, April 6, 2016) and further stated that their 31 votes were "statistically insignificant" and should not be considered. We still believe that every vote counts and every vote should be counted. The NC State Board of Election unanimously agreed and ordered a new primary on June 7th. Now my opponent is suggesting that the taxpayers should pay her (and me) one dollar for each person that voted as some sort of compensation. I would not assign a dollar value to an individual’s vote and would not ask the taxpayers of Forsyth County to compensate the candidates.

What has happened to the idea that this race is about service to the South Ward and Winston-Salem? My campaign has worked with Tim Tsujii to identify Election Day voting issues so that positive solutions can be found and future elections made more efficient. We did that as a service to the citizenry of the city and the county as a whole. It will make a difference; we don’t need a punitive approach to make positive change. Working together is better than confrontation and assigning blame to precinct volunteers.

I am running for City Council with the hope that you will give me the privilege of serving you, the constituents of South Ward. If elected, I will serve with the mission of achieving positive results for the common good. Thank you!

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