Almost right: A thoughtful piece, but you miss the mark on one point. You ask “who is more qualified than a plaintiff.”. The answer is potentially many people (in this case at least several running for the seat).
Merely complaining — even suing — about the actions of a large company does not imbue the plaintiff with any qualification to sit on a board of directors. That’s part of the divide about Mr. Sharpe. In this you try too hard to seem “fair.” Sometimes one side just does have better points than another. Still you reach the right conclusion. Members should do there own review of all the candidates before making their choice and voting on March 31.
Sharp’s Disservice: Mr. McKee, you are too kind to Tripper... His candidacy is the central source of all the controversy that has arisen about the good work of the Plaintiffs and the CEOA. His turncoat ways — repeatedly telling other plaintiffs and those at public meetings that he would not run — have split the organization at a time when it should be enjoying what it has accomplished. There are several more qualified candidates in that area — to answer your rhetorical question. …certainly nothing Tripper’s done of late commends him to such an important role.
Tell_the_truth: Don, I respectfully disagree with you. The fallout from the misguided endorsement process of the Cobb EMC Owners is that it will no longer be a rubber stamp to select the next board members, as it was in the last election. Expect other groups and public figures to endorse different candidates than the CEOA and expect members to weigh those recommendations carefully on March 31. I hope the MDJ will continue its coverage of all candidates in an impartial manner.
Clmiron: Cobb EMC members are invited to another opportunity to meet the candidates on Tuesday, March 20th at the Mountain View Community Center. A social hour begins at 6 p.m., giving members an opportunity to meet with the candidates individually and ask them any questions you may have. You can also submit written questions for potential inclusion in the forum portion of the meeting. Due to the large number of candidates and time constraints, unfortunately some questions may not be selected.
We strongly encourage members to arrive at 6 p.m. and make use of the one on one time with candidates to address their specific concerns. The formal program with candidate platform comments and question session will begin promptly at 7 p.m. This meeting is meant to be strictly informational for the benefit of the membership, there will be no voting or endorsement made in conjunction with the meeting. …Please see the Cobb EMC Watch website for more details and directions.