Editor: Regarding the infighting and character assassination in the campaign for the county’s Soil and Water Conservation District board, we are disappointed in the accusations leveled at Michelle Thomas (and collaterally at Ron Campbell) by John Flannery (“Democrats Battle in Soil and Water”, 10/3/19).
Without question, our county deserves a racially diverse government which represents the concerns and needs of our increasingly diverse community. Locally governing bodies are an excellent place to begin the steps it will take to achieve the goal of government reflecting the community.
We know Michelle Thomas (and Ron Campbell) and take offense at Flannery’s attacks on their character and intent. Calling Thomas “unsuited for public office” offends anyone who knows her. She has been a lonely voice searching to hold our local government to task when it comes to racial justice and diversity. We support her effort to broaden the racial makeup of government and unapologetically support her broadly.
J.J. and LeAnne McNamara, Purcellville