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Reader supports Burns

Posted: October 9, 2014 4:18 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.

A person seeking elective office is basically applying for a job. The voters, who form the selection committee, should review the job requirements, and then support the candidate with the best credentials for the position.

An effective chairman of county council must be a person of integrity with proven administrative and managerial skills. They must have business knowledge with experience analyzing financial data and balancing a budget. They should be able to work cooperatively with county personnel and other elected officials. They should be visionary, able to set pragmatic goals for the advancement of our county and to then work effectively with other governmental and non-governmental organizations, businesses and citizens to achieve mutually beneficial goals. Tired homilies and petty political games do not advance our community.

Only one candidate for chairman of Kershaw County Council possesses all of these essential attributes. Although past performance may not be a guarantee of future earnings in the financial markets, I think past performance is the best predictor of future success in the political arena. Julian Burns has repeatedly demonstrated his abilities during a distinguished military career and business career.

Julian brings another unique qualification which has become increasingly important. In South Carolina, and to a significant extent in Kershaw County, major employers are German, French, Chinese, Japanese and British companies. The chairman of county council is our ambassador to the state, the nation and the world. Julian has the national and international experience critical in growing our local economy.

I urge you to join me in voting for Julian Burns on November 4, and to also encourage your family and friends to vote for him as well.

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