To the Editor,

In the run-up to the general election, Republican candidates for local office added the words “with experience” to their original campaign slogan, “New Vision for Jefferson.”

Our Democrat candidates have plenty of experience as well.

Dan Malloy is a Navy veteran who was awarded for heroic action and served four deployments. As a professional with a medical company, Malloy recently received an award for revenue excellence. An avid runner and cyclist, his local experience involves managing a nonprofit he co-created: the 5K Taco Trot, a charity run. His team raised $103,000 for breast cancer research.

Doug Helmstetter also has a wealth of experience as the retired financial secretary for Local 1330. Locally, he has been involved in myriad activities from coaching soccer to serving as a Boy Scout leader to swim team volunteer. He is a Department of Disabilities volunteer and a board member of Animal Life Savers, which raises funds for rescue animals.

What our Democrat candidates don’t have experience doing is rewarding friends with salaries beyond the caps permitted by law, or denying justice to bullied children by not voting to advocate against racial slurs in school.

When there is one-party rule, even local government can get away with rule bending.

It is time for us to have shared voices on the council, Jefferson Township. It is time to vote in people with the right experience – not just any experience.

Vote for Malloy and Helmstetter on November 6.

Jefferson Township Democratic Committee

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was submitted to our newsroom and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Jefferson Chronicle or its staff.

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