Faith, Family and Fayette County
THANK YOU! It is impossible to tell you just how much my wife, my family, and I thank you for your support, so I will have to leave it at a simple, Thank You, inadequate as those two words may be to express my feelings of gratitude.
For me, the election is now over. I will be taking my place on the Board of Commissioners in January. I will fill my position to the very best of my abilities and never forget that I have been elected to serve the citizens of this great county we all love and call home. It is a tremendous honor and privilege.
I would also like to take a moment to remind everyone that the election did not end on July 31. We still have two important decisions to make.
Two commission seats remain
undecided. On August 21, a run-off will decide the new commissioners from Posts 2 and 3.
In Post 2, David Barlow is competing against Sheila Huddleston. In Post 3, Randy Ognio is competing against Lee Hearn.
I’ve met each candidate. On a personal level, I like both Mr. Hearn and Ms. Huddleston, as I do David Barlow and Randy Ognio. On a professional level, I believe Mr. Hearn has served as he believes is best for the community and I respect Ms. Huddleston’s desire to serve. Choosing between good people is always difficult, and I consider all four candidates to be good people.
However, we must choose. I have known both David Barlow and Randy Ognio the longest. From the first time I met them at a county commission meeting, I was impressed with their passion for making our local government more transparent and open and more efficient and fiscally sound. Both men have invested a great deal of personal time and effort to help make Fayette a better place.
David, for two years, has faithfully filmed virtually every Board of Commissioners meeting and posted each in its entirety on YouTube, making the meetings more open and transparent and available to citizens who would otherwise not be able to follow the proceedings. At no cost to the taxpayers, he has enabled many interested citizens to be able to view the meetings and hear the decisions affecting their lives.
Randy, also for the past two years, has concentrated his attention on analyzing agenda and budget matters, raising questions and informing the
commissioners of better ways to accomplish their goals. During this time, he has offered suggestions he believed would make the county more efficient and fiscally sound.
The common thread binding the individual campaigns of Mr. Barlow, Mr. Ognio, and my own, is our shared philosophy that our county commission must act in a more transparent and open way and must pursue fiscally sound policies that will strengthen our financial situation without “robbing Peter to pay Paul” as the saying goes.
Considering their philosophy,
that both gentlemen have already contributed much in a positive way to the county, I believe as full time members they would make excellent commissioners and ambassadors for Fayette. I have no doubt they will remain independent in their governing decisions, will bring a new perspective to county governance, and will consider what is best for all of Fayette as the difficult decisions come our way.
I would urge you to vote for both David Barlow and Randy Ognio.
While I find each of the four candidates . . . David, Randy, Lee, and Sheila . . . to be personable and would be pleased to call them my friends, and while I commend and thank each for seeking to devote their time, talents, and energies to Fayette, I have seen David and Randy demonstrate a real passion and desire to tackle the difficult problems ahead.
If the Board of Commissioners is to be effective, it is to the taxpayers’ advantage to have a group of independent thinkers willing to listen to all sides, offer fresh ideas, and consider all options before making decisions that will have lasting effects. I believe the election of David Barlow and Randy Ognio to the Board of Commissioners will give Fayette Citizens the respectful and effective Board they desire and deserve.
With the election of these two gentlemen, Fayette will witness a dramatic and positive change on the Board of Commissioners, and that change will translate into very good things for our home of Fayette County.
VOTE AUGUST 21!
Charles W. Oddo
Fayette County Commissioner Elect
I am so grateful for my supporters!
Chuck Oddo has won his Commissioner Post 1 race successfully. He will take office in January 2013. Commissioner Allen McCarty I look forward to working with.
I would like to share with you letters of support.
August 21, 2012
Get out the vote!
Commissioner McCarty says: Vote for Barlow and Ognio
Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
This past election gave us another vote on the commission in favor of the citizens of Fayette County!
The runoff on the 21st is the most critical for ensuring the continued work to balance the budget without raising taxes, as was proposed in the last workshop.
David Barlow has consistently done his best to ensure that the citizens had the ability to see what is happening in their government. He has been to, and videoed, every commission and workshop meeting since I have been in office, and is totally devoted to our citizens to help give our county government back to the people with complete openness! His videos not only are available to the citizens of our county, but to the world as well.
David has a great deal of business experience in governmental court reporting and related transcription and filmography.
Randy Ognio is a very concerned citizen who has successfully managed his own business for over 30 years. He too, has attended all meetings, and tried his best to get his message of budget and bidding processes and problems to the attention of the commission. He has made many astute observations involving wise stewardship of the budget.
Over the past two years, both David and Randy have frequently made well reasoned public comments to the Board of Commissioners regarding specific Fayette County issues. I believe that they both of these men have decided to set their personal lives and businesses aside on the behalf of the citizens of Fayette County.
I have come to know both of these men well, share their belief in God, and am fully confident that both would make the most outstanding new commissioners we could have.
Get your friends and neighbors out to vote for these men and the citizens of Fayette County!!!!
Commissioner Allen McCarty