Letter to the Editor: Candidate said he wouldn’t run as independent

Editor:

Something I take seriously in political campaigns is honesty and forthrightness.

Tom Sayre, the current Republican candidate for Shenandoah District supervisor, has been challenged for that position by Mr. Ralph Rinaldi, who was defeated in the Republican primary by Tom Sayre but nonetheless is running against him as an independent.

The following things trouble me about Mr. Rinaldi’s campaign:

• He originally signed a Warren County Republican Committee membership application saying he would support the Republican candidates in the general elections.
• Then he filed his signed application to run in the Republican Primary election for the Warren County Board of Supervisors, against Mr. Sayre.
• In addition, he verbally agreed to both the current and immediate past Warren County Republican Committee chairmen, at a meeting at the Samuel’s Public Library, that he would not run as an independent and would support the Republican candidates in the general election. He also verbally promised other local elected officials that he would not run as an independent candidate.
• He was defeated in the Republican primary by Mr. Sayre; then he went against his word and ran as an independent against him.

Words and promises have meaning to me. We are surrounded by too many men and women in politics today who seek to conduct the affairs of our government with artifice and subterfuge. That’s not the kind of government I want in the future and that’s not the kind of politics I want here in Warren County.

A. Edwards, member, Warren County Republican Committee

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