It is my understanding that the political party in power appoints its people to head boards, commissions, offices, etc. This is the first time in [many] years that the Republican Party has had this opportunity. This is an important obligation; but it appears some Republicans feel embarrassed by the need.
Trena Parker has been director of the Board of Elections for 20 years, and now the Democrats are desperate to keep her in that position [“Trena Parker Is a Respected, Effective Leader,” July 31 Xpress]. They've even recruited some Republicans to help them in their cause. One well-known Republican attorney and some Republican businessmen have taken it upon themselves to contact the state board of elections and asked them to keep her on as director.
Shame on these men. What are they thinking? Are they saying Parker will do a better job than a Republican? If she keeps this position, she will be under a lot of stress by feeling an obligation to the Republicans who made sure the job was hers. I know the Democrat Party would never do something as ridiculous as this for a Republican.
Robert Knapp has been accused of trying to punish Ms. Parker by removing her from the director position. Mr. Knapp should be praised, for he was only doing what the majority of Republicans wanted when they [picked] him for the election board. They do not want a Democrat as head of the Buncombe County Board of Elections.
I would also praise BOE member Jack Westall for resigning because he had issues with the assignment. This appointment needs to be a Republican to the core who never hesitates over what he/she knows the majority of their party wants and expects.
Parker has done a good job and her party is proud of her. Now it is time to say goodbye and give a Republican the same opportunity she once had.
— Anna D. Cannon