While I have been a member of the same political party for nearly four decades, I long ago made the decision to vote for candidates at all levels of government not on the basis of their party affiliation, but rather on the qualities they demonstrated as candidates and people. What continues to matter most to me is whether a candidate’s positions on key issues and their views on how to conscientiously serve and represent their jurisdiction and constituents align as much as possible with mine. Also important to me is a candidate’s character, in terms of their honesty and trustworthiness.
One candidate who has continued to draw my vote and support, because he more than meets the above characteristics, is Bill Ames, current Lebanon County Commissioner who is a candidate in this spring’s Republican primary for another four-year term in that position.
I have had the opportunity to get to know Bill Ames over the past twelve years, both through my position representing and supporting the Lebanon Valley’s business community and, more recently, as a volunteer with several area non-profit organizations. In these roles, I have had the chance to work with Bill on numerous public policy issues, business development projects, tourism-related initiatives and community development projects.
What has impressed me about Bill is his willingness to tackle the difficult issues facing Lebanon County and to focus on doing what he feels is right and in the best interests of the County and its residents.
In working with Bill in his role as a County Commissioner and business owner, I have found him to be straight-forward in his views and opinions, open to hearing opposing perspectives and willing to stand behind and defend the decisions he makes and the votes he casts to improve the quality of life of Lebanon County residents, the economic vitality of our community and the financial strength of our County government.
For these reasons, I plan to vote for Bill Ames for County Commissioner in the May primary election and encourage all Republican voters in Lebanon County to strongly support him in the upcoming primary.