As for your comment, I would like to ask you if you would've liked to pay for a special election to have taken place as such a process would only have cost the Hamilton County tax payers an exorbitant amount of money. I agree, the timing is poor and the process less than ideal, but both the timing and the current process were all that Hamilton County Commissioners and citizens had with which to work. I would also like to know how Commissioners could ever have accounted and/or planned for such a natural change in the weather. That would be an extraordinary feat indeed. Personally, I'm relieved to finally have this situation resolved and am extremely grateful to the Commission Board for sacrificing so much of their time and energy to ensure the stability of our county government.
I already wrote a letter to the editor for the Chattanoogan, but I really think that part of that letter needs to be shared in response to this article.
"I think that Carter ought to act and speak with a bit more forethought. In making the statement that he did regarding the "backdoor" deals and giving thanks to those who voted for him, Mr. Carter implied that the four commissioners who voted against him were in on the so-called "plot" to have Jim Coppinger as mayor. Excuse me for being blunt, but Mr. Carter's actions have left him seeming immature and spiteful.
Three qualities that I look for in leaders are integrity, humility and honesty. The leadership quality I see lacking in Mike Carter, through his recent actions, is that of humility. Before recent actions, I would have had no problem saying that both Jim Coppinger and Mike Carter would be great leaders for the citizens of Hamilton County. The fact that one of those candidates has turned from his original position of unity in Hamilton County and brotherhood with his fellow candidate to make unfounded claims against honorable men and act in his own interests instead of the interests of the people whom he wishes to serve does nothing to highlight the qualities of a leader.
I have the utmost respect for Mike Carter as a lawyer, as a judge, and as a businessman. I do not doubt his ideals. I do doubt his ability to act according to his ideals. I do doubt his ability to toughen up and set aside his pride and his own agenda to act in the best interest of the citizens of Hamilton County."