Letter: For R.I. County District 10, vote Coussens, not Ballard


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Posted Online: Oct. 31, 2012, 2:59 pm
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District 10 has two people to choose from. One is Mike Coussens, who has no experience, and Steve Ballard, who has a large amount of political experience.
That is where the problem begins. Ballard is all about himself and his political cronies. Ballard was hired as an assistant warden at East Moline Correctional Center and then as the warden. Ballard did not get this job because he had knowledge about security or prisons, he got it because of his political ties.
One of the only escapes at EMCC was under Ballard's watch as a warden.
In the 17 years of working for EMCC and under 10 different wardens, Ballard was by far the worst there. Mike Coussens says he is for cutting the size of the county board and reducing the pay county board members receive.
He also says that the administrator should not be a political hire.
With the economy in the shape it is in, isn't it a no-brainer to elect someone who wants to do things for the county and not for himself and his cronies. It's time for a change.
District 10, vote for Mike Coussens.
David Bohannon,
East Moline

















 



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