THANKS FOR SUPPORT
From: Gail Reilly Cross
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Carroll County for their support.
I was sincerely gratified by the strong vote for me.
I would like to thank my many supporters, campaign workers and friends who worked so hard for so many hours.
I would like to say to them and the voters that your support and your votes were not lost.
We may not have won the position we were seeking, but your support has encouraged me to continue to work for Carroll County for what we believe in as Democrats, and for what we believe in as Carroll countians.
Thank you for your continued support.
MORE THANKS FOR VOTES
From: Donald Dell
I want to express my congratulations publicly to Julia Gouge and Elmer Lippy for winning their campaign for one of three County Commissioner positions.
And I commend Richard Yates, Sharon Baker and Rick Will for their efforts.
I thought all the commissioner candidates conducted clean, above-board campaigns. Each one earned my respect.
I hope Rick, Richard and Sharon will continue to make their views known and stay active during the next four years. We need their voices.
I am very appreciative of the overwhelming support over 20,000 voters entrusted in me. I am humbled and will do my very best to work for all of you every day over the next four years.
I also want to thank the multitude of various financial contributors.
Without your help, I could not have taken my viewpoints to the public as well as you allowed me to.
I have been fortunate in this election to have a very conscientious nucleus of campaign workers who lent their special talents and abilities to me so often. Thank you!
I want to express a very special thanks to Wayne Liddick, my treasurer, for serving his responsibility to perfection. Many thanks for a job well done.
Finally, anyone who knows me knows my No. 1 supporter is my wife, Leona. Without her support and encouragement through three campaigns I would not be county commissioner today.
I thank all the members of my family for their continued support.
Thanks to each and every one of you. I'll do my best for all of you!
GOUGE WILL BE WATCHED
From: Archie C. Allgire
In a recent publication of a Carroll County newspaper, Commissioner Gouge was quoted as follows: "It's been a tremendous load to carry as a full-time commissioner while the others were there part-time, and sometimes hardly at all."
She lumps the two present commissioners, Armacost and Griffith, as each playing a role as absentee commissioners. Certainly, Commissioner Armacost needs no one to defend an excellent record as a commissioner.
Commissioner Gouge has been out 60 of the 270 agenda days. In addition, on many other days she called in to indicate she could not be at the 8:30 a.m. meeting and would show up around 11 a.m. or noon. Her absenteeism was created by her frequent U.S. tours. She has spent over $20,000 in three years on travel expenses.
Commissioner Gouge, we'll be watching your absenteeism and your travel time and expenses in the next four years.
THANKS FOR COVERAGE
From: Richard F. Will Sr.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank the media: print, audio and video, for their coverage of the commissioners race.
All of the media served to inform the voters of Carroll County in admirable fashion.
I would also like to thank all of those who believed in and supported me in the campaign; those who encouraged me to enter the race, my friends, my co-workers at C & P Telephone Co., those who voted for me at the polls and especially my family.
To my wife, Patty, I thank her for her love and understanding, and to her and our children for their patience in coping with the hectic schedule the campaign created.
I wish also to thank the candidates from the other races for their help and encouragement. As for the other candidates in the commissioners race, I was blessed to have run in this election year with candidates of such caliber.
Carroll County was extremely fortunate to have such a fine field of caring individuals. Throughout the campaign, we became more like family than foes. Although we may have differed in our philosophies, we were all concerned with the welfare of Carroll County.
To the newly elected commissioners, congratulations. I wish you the best and our prayers go with you.
For those of us who were not elected, we were winners in another way. We gained in our experience, we met fellow countians we would never have had the opportunity to meet, we have gained each other's friendship and respect, and we played a small part in motivating a good voter turnout. And in my book, that makes us all winners.
Remember. . . .Some can't . . . some won't. . . . Rick Will continue to work for Carroll County.