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Letter: Don’t let local political races get nasty

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Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 8:08 am | Updated: 9:53 am, Wed Feb 29, 2012.

Just what I feared would happen, is happening in my city. Things have gotten nasty and partisan politics are alive and doing the damage that we have seen too much of in Arizona and Washington D.C.

Some of the nastiest literature I have ever seen has arrived in my mailbox.

I have refused it which means it goes in the trash somewhere. However, not in mine or my recycling bin.

Throughout my 40 years in local government, I have seen the best of citizens working together for the betterment of the community. Some belonged to the Republican party, others to the Democratic party. I never figured out others or even cared who was who.

I have voted for and supported all of the current members of the Tempe City Council. They have their differences of opinion but I know where their heart is and it is here.

Some of the literature and comments on websites indicate that a prominent member of one party supports their candidate. Just a little hint. I don’t care and neither do a majority of citizens.

While it seems to be a common occurrence, here and in other non-partisan elections, I also think it is wrong for incumbents to endorse candidates. They just may end up having to work with someone they opposed.

My plea to all candidates is to drop the negative campaigning and tell us what you stand for. The cheap shots aren’t appreciated and that is what they are — cheap shots.

Ronald Pies

Tempe

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