Don Haddix Is Needed Now

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Nearly four years ago I was persuaded by friends and colleagues alike to get behind the band wagon to elect our current mayor. A decision that still haunts me to this day, although I cannot, in good faith, say that his opponent would have fared better.

This year's election presents a four-year council person who has consistently voted on the side of developers despite the leaning of the citizenry, refusing to relinquish control of the Tennis Center/Amphitheatre in spite of continuing operating losses, essentially becoming a voting clone of the mayor (except when he conveniently abandoned her on the pay raise vote).

The election also presents us with yet another financial planner who is a newcomer to the political arena, but a lifelong resident of our fair town. Listening to him in public reveals that he is a good and honorable individual who may stumble from time to time, as we all do, while publicly speaking. I, for some reason, would rather see him serve as a councilman for a term before vying for mayor. After all, does this not appear to be deja vue all over again, as Yogi Berra would say.

Lastly, this election affords us the opportunity to elect an individual who has stood for the citizens of Peachtree City time and again vote after vote. An individual who saw the need to bring strong, informed, and effective leadership to the office of mayor. In doing so, he gave up his council seat in order to fill the void in leadership we as a city so direly need.

I've known Don since our run for Council some two years ago, and have become an avid supporter. Then, he was abreast of the issues of the day just as he is with those of today. Moreover, he is unafraid of making a tough decision that his colleagues would likely 'kick down the road' as would most politicians. A tireless worker who would prefer to honestly answer a question than answer by telling someone what they want to hear.

I may not agree with him on each and every issue, but I'm assured that he will listen to alternate points of view and make a decision that is in the best interests of our town.

In short, Peachtree City has long needed a man of Don's calibre as mayor.

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Submitted by MYTMITE on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 3:17pm.

I would much rather have a candidate for office answer every question posed than one who answers none or replies with an answer they think you would want to hear. As for wanting it too much--I certainly do not want a candidate who would honestly say "Oh, by the way I'm running for Mayor--if I win, okay, if I lose no biggie. Just had some time to waste and thought I would throw my hat in the ring." Mr. Haddix has paid his dues and has served us well as our councilman. He has defended his actions on here as any honorable person would do. He tells it like it is and doesn't sugar-coat it. He will have the time to devote to the job--the people who are trying to paint him as opposed to families are just throwing up smoke screens. If I am not mistaken Mr. Haddix is, himself, a family man. As for Mudcat, I think she just likes to try to rattle people. I hope she has more sense than to vote for someone just so we would have all women. I am female and certainly wouldn't put my community on the line just to vote for gender. Then too she seems to change with the weather--her only constant being that she denigrates Mr. Haddix. There are some other people who may be good mayor material who are running but they have not been proven. Mr. Haddix along with Mr. Sturbaum have consistently voted for the good of the community. As with Mr. King, I have not always agreed completely with him but felt he knew more about those situations than I. Maybe voting the way he did on the times was the lesser of two evils. Because I know his voting record, because he answers any question asked and because he seems to have the welfare of our community at heart, Mr. Haddix will get my vote.

Submitted by Spyglass on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 2:21pm.

I guess this must be the next best thing.

Re voting for Haddix, his constant arguing/bantering with bloggers on here in no may makes me think he can be an effective leader of this town. He doesn't take well to criticism at all in my opinion. He reminds me of a Mayor that served 2 terms ago. In fact, that Mayor still likes to write in this very paper about how he is ALWAYS right about things.

Count me amongst the undecided.

Submitted by Blah Blah on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 12:17pm.

Look Don Hadix is the best one of all. Doesn't criticize leaders and is always filled with ideals. It is time for a change in PTC also. I know he will be the best mayor. We are voting for Hadix. And Hadix isn't anything like that fool brown.


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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 2:09pm.

I'm not sure that's the image you are after in your support group, but hey - a vote is a vote.

I must point out that a female candidate or supporter would never post a picture like that. We are ladies!

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Submitted by blah blah blah on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 9:31pm.

I have talked to Don and he has my vote. He appreciates my support and listens to me. The pciture wasn't what you thougth it was.

Submitted by Atilla the Hunny on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 5:24pm.

All I can say is... "Birds of a feather flock together". But you are right, a vote is a vote I guess.

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 12:38pm.

Where have you been? When you say "Doesn't criticize leaders", are you speaking of his leaders or leaders in general. Keep in mind I am not questioning your judgement, just your logic.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 11:01am.

I also support Don Haddix for Mayor. Recently there have been a few comments regaurding Mr. Haddix that really stand out to me.

1. "Haddix wants it too bad"
Why is that a bad thing? I think Haddix has paid his dues and understands the responsibilities and requirements of the job. Not all of them are glamorous, the job doesn't pay much, its takes up a lot of time and I am sure the constant criticism from the public takes at pretty hefty toll on a person. Yet, Don Haddix still wants the job. I say let him have it.

2. This full-time debate:
A few people have criticized Haddix for wanting to make the job of mayor a full time position. I have read most (there have been a lot) of the post Haddix wrote on the subject and to summarize all the man is saying is that; the job is a part-time gig that requires a lot of attention and dedication and he doesn't understand how a person with a full time job and a family could find the time to give the job the proper amount of attention in which it deserves. To be honest I agree completely. I'm not a parent but based on personal observation. The job of a parent that works start at 6am getting the kids and yourself ready for school and work. It ends around 8 or 9pm following homework, family dinner, sports practices, etc. and then on the weekends you have, sports games, birthday parties, family outings, its endless. So my question is, with a schedule like this where is person even supposed to find any alone time, let alone 10-15 hrs per week to be mayor of a town like PTC?

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Submitted by Mike King on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 1:26pm. the job of mayor being a full time RESPONSIBILITY having no direct bearing on the amount of time spent at city hall. Accepting the position of mayor is a solemn reponsibility that whoever is elected will swear an oath to uphold.

That responsibility is to each of the citizens of this town, and for me, Don Haddix is the man for the job.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 11:13am.

I agree, Matt. We're also supporting Haddix for Mayor, in our household, for many of the same reasons you mentioned. Not sure why so many on here are nipping at Don's ankles like they have been. Mudcat just sounds like a pinched, cranky feline in her critiques and is pushing us to vote for everyone that she DOESN'T support.

way to go, mud-kitty!

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Submitted by cogitoergofay on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 12:06pm.

I too will vote for Mr. Haddix for Mayor. Remember, this is "Mayor" and not Emperor. Council still votes; administration still does the day-to-day job of running this fine community. Mr. Haddix has made the effort to try and be informed and he does want the position. I agree that this is good and not bad. He seems careful to think before he speaks and accepts the positions he has taken. I won't suggest that Mr. Haddix knows all and sees all. But I do think he is worthy of a chance.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 6:24pm.

So often on these blogs I see (and sometimes get into) stupid, immature, emotional debates that are meaningless.

Mike, you started a reasonable one and all that followed are reasonable as well.

Back to the subject, I agree that Mr. Haddix is a good student of the system and would probably make a good mayor. I agree that Ms. Plunkett has an unhealthy fascination with developers in general and Doug McMurrain in particular and of course Boone is irrelevant in the next election.

With all that being said, Scott Rowland should have indeed run for council - especially this time when he could have gotten elected to Boone's seat or the vacant Haddix seat - and I told him that. Nevertheless, he could be a good 2-term mayor provided he has a strong and smart city manager and embraces the land use plan and calls out the developers and their cronies who go with the "Yes but we need to have flexibility because ......" Give me a break. The land use plan made this city and any fool who wants to violate it is a rapist - like Mitchell is now, but we enabled him and others will follow. Scott gets it - others need to as well.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Wed, 10/14/2009 - 7:42pm.

I do not understand your lack of support for Don Haddix. He and Mr. Roweland have very silimlar idealology in terms of thier views on our city. They both favor the land use plan, anti big box, etc. The main difference I see is experience. Roweland has none and Haddix has plenty. Also, Haddix has a voting record. With Haddix we know what we will get. In this blog Mike King brought up what I will call the "deja vue" point. Lennox and Plunkett ran under very similar ideas, they turned out to be lies. How can we trust Roweland not to be the same?

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Submitted by DarkMadam on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 12:45pm.

Your last statement..."How can we trust Roweland not to be the same?" Are there any reasons that we should not trust Scott Rowland? I don't see any. By the way there is no "e" Rowland. I'm just not sure that experience is all we should be looking at here. It is a factor but not my deciding factor. I'm just sayin'.

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Submitted by The Wedge on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 1:08pm.

I think that Matt's point is that Scott does not have a track record. The others said similiar things but acted to the contrary once in office. Matt's point, and one that I agree with, is that I would rather vote for someone that talks about things that matter to me (like Haddix), and most importantly, has voted in a way that reinforces what he says. Scott Rowland does not have that record that would give me comfort.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 7:02pm.

Yeah...What wedge said. I did not mean to imply that I think poorly of Rowland just that he he does not have an established track record.

Rowland. R O W L A N D. Rowland. Sorry about the mix up. Won't happen again.

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Submitted by matt.barnes on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 7:30pm.

I have two issues with Rowland, trust and experience.

While Mr. has given me no reason to not trust him; he is still basically a stranger to the realm of PTC politics and its constituents. Would you trust your wallet or car keys to a stranger?

He has none. I understand that for him to become Mayor with no experience would not be unprecedented. But I also understand that electing non-experienced officials has not worked out for us in the past. How many times do we need to trip over the same stump before welearn our lesson?

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