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Letter: Reeves-Ellington the right choice

Editor, The Spotlight

As a Delmar resident, I’m thankful that Richard Reeves-Ellington is running for town supervisor on the Working Families Party line. Why? He offers a tremendous amount of both business and academic experiences; he strongly supports the voices of grassroots and neighborhood organizations; and he is committed to improving our lives without waffling ideologically.

Reeves-Ellington’s agenda focuses on improving our school system and on strengthening opportunities for students, and he endorses our hard-working teachers. As a community, we invest in our educational system because it represents the community’s commitment to future generations. Reeves-Ellington also concentrates on improving our aging infrastructure, which helps to position us for a more competitive business environment.

I’m also glad Reeves-Ellington is running for public office because he seems to be the only candidate who is not confused about what he really believes in. Embracing more than one political party just to attract more votes seems to be common these days. As a voter, do you want to be sure of a candidate’s political beliefs or are you already trained in to accept candidates who engage in shape-shifting depending on the audience?

In my case, I’m glad that Reeves-Ellington knows what he stands for.

Vera Eccarius

Delmar

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RichardReevesEllington 2 years, 6 months ago

Many people have asked what my roots are and how I am certain about what I stand for. Let me explain. I have been asked about how I have come to be who I am and how I know who I am. Here is a partial explanation.

I come from western Arkansas, where by relatives back to the civil war were anti slavery Republicans. My great grandfather and his brothers were scouts for the Union Army and were key in locating the Quantrell gang in MO. This is my activist roots.

My grandfather was a dirt farmer who, with my grandmother, hand milked 30 cows twice a day. They grew almost everything they ate and they shared with the less fortunate around them. As my grandfather once told me. Respect everyone with whom you meet. You will learn from them. I have used that as my definition of cosmopolitan. He also challenged me constantly in terms of making me explain what I know and why I know it. These are my intellectual and value roots.

My father was a small businessman in a very small town in Iowa until I was in my teens. His customers were Irish, German, and Polish Catholics, and Methodists (the only protestant group in the town of 250). This exposure gave me my business biases.

I paid for my college education by volunteering in the army, were I served in the 82nd, 11th, and 10th special forces airborne units. Withe the GI bill as a foundation, I worked two summers in Hooker Electro Chemical plant in Buffalo as a cell cleaner: a union job. I also stacked books in a library and clerked in drug stores. These experiences taught me self reliance.

If you want to know more, call me at 817 2641. I will be happy to chat. Or visit my website at www.bethlehemsupervisor.com>

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