Elect Pat Cothran, the experienced candidate

When Drew Reisinger was appointed to fulfill Otto DeBruhl’s unexpired term, the March 3 Mountain Xpress article, “A Done Deed,” reported on the Democratic Party’s choice: “The committee — made up of Buncombe County precinct chairs and vice chairs, Democratic elected officials and other party leaders — chose Reisinger, a 27-year-old party activist. … But though Reisinger was unemployed at the time of the vote, he and his allies stressed his years of experience as a political organizer. He recently managed Patsy Keever's successful Statehouse campaign and worked to elect Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith, U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler and President Barack Obama. ‘It's a fantastic opportunity for me and my wife,’ Reisinger gushed after winning the job.”

Let’s see … a 27-year-old unemployed party activist/political organizer/campaign worker who sees his appointment as a fantastic opportunity for him and his wife, was appointed as our register of deeds. Going from $0 to $78,497 in six days surely is fantastic. Add the commissioners' gift of immediate health-insurance coverage by waiving the six-month waiting period, a benefit worth more than $6,500, and no wonder Reisinger gushed about that fantastic opportunity for him and his wife.

Voters, elect a truly qualified, educated and experienced candidate: Pat Cothran.

— William R. Teague

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