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.
I got to know Bill Ames and his wife back in the '90s at the Lebanon County Builders Show; I had a display booth adjacent to Bill & Josie's for several years. They were just starting their cleaning business. Being new in real estate, I was struck by Bill's enthusiasm and desire to succeed. I lost personal contact with Bill over the years, though I voted for him in his quest to be a county commissioner.
About 3 years ago a small group of us from Ebenezer (including my wife Pat) helped organize a project called the Ebenezer Beautification Committee/Hometown Heroes. We planned an Ebenezer Community Day each year since and had Mike Folmer and Russ Diamond as our featured speakers; Bill was invited and attended both events and has accepted our invitation to speak at this year's special day in April.
This past Christmas season our Beautification Committee decided to have a Christmas Lighting contest. We thought of asking county commissioners to help us with the judging process; only Bill & Josie volunteered. As it turned out, the judging was a lot of work, but Bill said he & his wife thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They also attended and participated in our prize awarding event.
I never knew until recently that Bill has been dealing with an eyesight problem. You would never know it by his willingness to put forth a 110% effort - whether it's in the political arena or as a volunteer throughout the county. It is disheartening to see how unethical and dishonest politics has become - even within the party. Why a good man would be willing to subject himself and his family to such treatment is baffling to me. But Bill's tenacity through it all speaks well to his principles. My wife and I are old-school and proud of it; that's why we support Bill when his party won't. One thing is clear to us: Bill is always willing to give his time to help the communities within his district to be successful in their endeavors. Ebenezer is grateful.
Bob & Pat Deck
Over the last several years, the County of Lebanon has enjoyed increased growth without the need to raise taxes. In addition, Lebanon County’s pension fund is in a much better place than it has ever been. The County has also seen financial security because of the leadership that is in place.
Now is not the time to make any changes in that leadership. That’s why I am asking the Republicans of Lebanon County to make the right choice in this year’s May primary and vote to re-elect County Commissioner Bill Ames. Mr.Melissa Maillet Ames, from day one, has had only the best interest of the County in mind. He believes in the citizens of this county and has striven to amen the lives of each and every Lebanon Countian better through his efforts.
Commissioner Ames has not bowed to the political hierarchy but, instead has researched every proposal that has come across his desk and has made choices that were in the best interest of every citizen. Unfortunately, some want to stifle the growth that has come to this County during his term by putting a political novice in his place. This would just be a very bad decision and would place the County in a position that would send it down a path that we might never recover from.
Your vote in the May 25th primary to re-elect Bill Ames as one of the two candidates for County Commissioner would keep that from happening!
I ask all of Lebanon County to do the right thing and re-elect Mr. Ames and help stop the political establishment from getting their way!
Melissa Maillet South Annville Township
At this time, we want you to know that you have our full support for re-election to once again be our County Commissioner. You have done an excellent job by being who you are - a man filled with good common sense, knowledge, wisdom & integrity.
Rob & Linda Koehler
I'm proud to endorse Bill Ames and Bob Phillips for Lebanon County Commissioners. Bill and Bob will use their years of private sector experience, as well as experience in local government, to work for the taxpayers of Lebanon County, helping to keep taxes low and with a focus on economic development. I hope you will join me in supporting Bill Ames and Bob Phillips.
Pat Toomey - U.S. Senator
Lebanon County needs jobs. That is why I am supporting Bill Ames for Lebanon County Commissioner. He will stand up for the working man. Bill has spent his entire life working, including more than 30 years as a vocational teacher preparing the next generation of working families. Bill knows how jobs are created and sustained. He and wife Josie started Ames Services years ago and have created 80 family sustaining jobs that include health care benefits and retirement. When Bill talks about creating businesses and jobs, it isn't just talk--he has done it. It is because of his experience that I believe Bill Ames is the right choice for working class families in Lebanon County. Vote for Bill on May 17.
Bill Ames has been an inspiration for me to do the very best in all that I do. With this idealism in mind I have become a stronger and more confident member of society. I am truly grateful to call Bill Ames my friend.
H. Lee Moyer supports Bill Ames for Lebanon County Commissioner. Bill and I met as students at Hershey High School and since then I have observed Bill using his teaching and leadership skills to help students and employees and by doing so build a successful business career, He trained vocational education students that prepared them for "real" jobs. Bill has developed administrative experience in education, as a business owner and as a South Londonderry Township Supervisor. Ames Services is a cleaning and property management company that employees 80 community people. Along with his wife, Josie, they have created additional jobs in western Lebanon County. I trust Bill Ames to be a serious steward of Lebanon County tax dollars. He will do everything possible to reduce spending and taxes. I urge you to vote for Bill Ames for Lebanon County Commissioner on May 17th.
H. Lee Moyer (Chairperson) Member of Lebanon County Republican Committee
I have known Bill Ames for one year, probably longer than most people who will vote for him. The endorsement I would give him is that you can trust him... he is a man of his word!
As a Township Supervisor, Bill Ames has brought a business approach to the Township and through his contacts within the business community has changed how the Township conducts itself to the benefit of the Taxpayers of South Londonderry Township. The only tax increase that Bill approved during his term as Supervisors was the 2 mill tax increase in 2008. This increase was based on information from the Lebanon Earned Income Tax Bureau that we could expect to see a 20% reduction in Earned Income Taxes in 2008 as they dealt with the embezzlement scandal and the reallocation of earned income taxes.
Thomas Ernharth South Londonderry Township Manager
We have been pleased to have Bill's "no frills" approach to township government! He has been receptive to new ideas and willing to change his mind as new facts become available while still being true to his conservative values. He is driven to prevent unnecessarily spending taxpayer's money and has brought a private business supporting perspective to township operations.
Phil Rothermel Chairman, SLT Board of Supervisors