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The Lake News Online
  • Our view: A war of words isn’t what the county needs

  • The residents of Camden County deserve a more professional and fact-based campaign than what we have seen so far.
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  • The residents of Camden County deserve a more professional and fact-based campaign than what we have seen so far. Ideally, political candidates should run on their own qualifications instead of throwing out attacks on their opponents qualifications. We are particularly concerned that the race for the Camden County Presiding Commissioner is going to become nothing more than a war of words and allegations. There is no Democrat or other party candidate on the ballot for the August primary, leaving the arena open to the two Republican candidates who are already showing signs of engaging in battle.
    And it is not just the candidates. Supporters on each side have played a hand in the downward spiral of the tone of this election.
    This is not a game. At stake is the future of Camden County, not just the salary of $61,000 that is paid to the presiding commissioner.
    Camden County should, by all rights, be the leader in economic development, marketing the Lake of the Ozarks, protecting the quality of life and ensuring that the county moves forward, not backward. We fear those goals are being overshadowed by the recent antics in the courthouse and the early warning signs of a rough and distasteful campaign ahead.
    It is a critical time for Camden County. Instead of acting in the best interests of the county, they are engaged in personal attacks on each other trying to further their own agendas. We'd like to suggest a well planned attack on the issues not each other.
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