The South Whitehall Board of Commissioners has historically been known to conduct themselves with professionalism and respect. Just the opposite in the last 16 months, though. Even citizens and business people are now experiencing vitriol being directed at them by board members.
Today’s Candidate Question: How would you bring civility and respect back to the Board of Commissioners?
Christina “Tori” Morgan (R): No response.
Joe Setton (D): No response.
David Kennedy (R): This has already started with the resignation of a commissioner who, no matter what the topic, always had something to say to the minority in a derogatory manner. I would allow all commissioners to be heard and respect their opinions. I may not agree with them, but I would hear them out and be respectful of their thoughts and ideas. We need to encourage discussion, not attacks. The President of the BOC should not tell the BOC what to do; the President should facilitate open conversation so that all BOC members are heard.
Monica Hodges (R): I would treat fellow commissioners, staff, citizens and all who come before the board with respect, courtesy, and kindness. I would find ways to work together, even when we have honest disagreements. Good people can disagree and still have respectful discussions. I would actively listen and encourage feedback and inclusivity. I would request follow-ups to citizens’ concerns. As a community, we must elect people who have the citizens’ best interests in mind and who are willing to compromise to come up with solutions that best serve our citizens in a vital, collaborative effort.
Thomas J. Johns (D): My goal for bringing civility and respect to the Board is first and utmost, to be civil and respectful myself. I recognize that differing opinions exist in any governing body.