I support Chief Bob Temme to be our new state representative. Bob is a long-term Seven Lakes West resident and has been the police chief in Southern Pines for eight years. He has over 30 years of police experience, 30 years of firefighting experience, and is a college-level instructor in aviation and criminal justice. He has been elected president of the Law Enforcement Officers Association for the third time. He has three college degrees and graduated from the FBI National Academy. Impressive credentials indeed.

Once he gets to Raleigh, Bob will not be a lap-dog patsy for our dysfunctional legislature. He’ll tackle the stalemate over the budget by demanding the legislature come back into session, stop all legislators’ salaries until a budget is approved, and vote against “mini budgets” because they don’t fix the problem.

But there are other important issues. Bob has told me he will work to reverse budget cuts affecting public safety, help our schools, fix the double-taxation of military pensions, and find funding to replace worn infrastructure.

Here’s another important difference: Bob also pledges to explicitly avoid any legislation which benefits him personally. The incumbent frequently has introduced self-serving legislation to benefit himself and the funeral industry, such as increasing the minimum size of cemeteries (in order to reduce competition) and requiring families of deceased persons to disclose life insurance policies to funeral directors (in order to charge higher prices). That’s just shameful.

Bob is a great choice. He’s smart, he’s honest, he works unbelievably hard, wants to see public funds used responsibly, and brings fresh energy and ideas to the critical issues we face. Bob Temme gets my vote.

Michael Jones, Southern Pines

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Anne Steidinger

Michael Jones wrote the letter I intended to. The most important point is expressed in paragraph 4. Bob Temme has no personal special interests that would bias his legislative decisions, so important at the village, state, & federal level. Many elected officials seem to represent only themselves.

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