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Be an educated voter

By Staff | Oct 9, 2020

The elections are right around the corner. This election is critical because of the economy, COVID 19, violence, riots, criminal activity and uncertainty in America. The leaders we elect will set the tone for the next four years and beyond. Each person should educate themselves about the candidate’s leadership and experience in order to vote for the individuals who will ensure the safety and security of our communities.

Do not be hoodwinked by candidates running with no proven experience, who use buzz words and stylish phrases or who have a hollow platform with no proof of concept or merit. Instead, vote for candidates with boots-on-the-ground experience. Ask yourself, does this person have decades of proven leadership and experience, while making decisions in the best interest of society? My litmus test for leadership is, “Do you have the confidence to follow this person into a dangerous or volatile situation without hesitation or reservation based on their knowledge, skills and abilities? Who will put the people first and foremost every time?”

Elections are about selecting the person who will best represent your values and beliefs along with proven leadership and experience, while acting in the best interest of society. The educated voter makes sound and logical decisions, not one who clicks the all-party button.

For over 32 years, my life has been spent in serving with distinction while protecting our nation’s leaders and the public. I understand the commitment involved in public civil service and will commit the next four years to the people of Jefferson County and the State of West Virginia. When I retired from the Federal Government two years ago, I did not plan on returning to work or public Service. However, about a year ago, Mr. Jack R. Huyett and others in the community convinced me to run for sheriff, to ensure the safety and security of the citizens and treasury of Jefferson County. I agreed under two conditions: one, I have always been and Independent and will not join a political party, and two, I will not take a salary from Jefferson County, saving the treasury about $250,000 over the four-year term.

I humbly ask for your support and vote in this election. In my opinion, the sheriff should be a non-partisan election, so the people can have someone who’s loyalty is to them and not an organization. To learn more about me, visit my campaign Facebook page or www.johnkingforsheriff.com, or email johnkingforsheriff@gmail.com.

God Bless America, the land of liberty and justice for all.

John King, of Charles Town