I am writing concerning comments from my Councilman, District 2, Ed Bell, which was published on January 27.
Mr. Bell must have forgotten that Dennis Buckley is running as a Democrat not as an Independent. Yes, Mr. Buckley chose not to go through the slating process, but this could mean he has no intentions of asking for the local Democratic parties funds to help run his campaign. It is in his right to run against the other Democratic candidate in the primary this May. That is why we have the Primary for Democrats to decide who they would like to run against the Republican candidate.
I also believe Mr. Bell did not understand that when Mr. Buckley asked the Republican Chairman Kyle Walker to allow the Precinct Committeeman to hear the voices of Beech Grove citizens concerning who will fill the vacancy left open by former Mayor Wright, it was only to allow the citizens to make their views known. It took me, a Republican, several phone calls to find out who my Precinct committeeman was.
So Mr. Bell, slating is only a process to determine where funds for the candidate chosen will be directed to, and in this case fill a vacancy. I for one feel it’s time for the citizens of Beech Grove to have a few choices. My choice will be for Mr. Buckley, a Democrat. As I stated earlier, I am a Republican and feel a change is needed.
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