This endorsement may come a bit late. By the time it is published, if it is published, we will only be a few short days away from our local election (Aug. 4).
I cannot, however, in good conscience not respond to what was written about Dr. Wendell Fountain this past week in the Surprise Independent newspaper (July 22). The author of an article written on the opinion page “Fountain won’t keep district’s residents safe,” stoops to a level meant to discredit someone he knows little about.
I am a friend of Dr. Fountain’s for many years. We have had many long and passionate discussions about our political climate both locally and nationally. Surprise is facing unprecedented growth prospects currently, and for the foreseeable future.
It will take someone with knowledge, experience and a proven track record of success, both in business and managing people, to face these challenges. Dr. Fountain has spent the past two years visiting more than 1,000 homes in District 2, speaking with community residents. He introduces himself, discusses their concerns, expresses his vison and seeks their support.
I, maybe like many of you, am very tired of false ads and opinions, accusations and lies in political endorsements. It seems to have become fashionable and acceptable in our political world these days.
I will not stoop to that level. I do not know Ms. [Alyson] Cline. I am certain she brings her enthusiasm to the race. My hats off to anyone who jumps into a political arena these days. Most, in my opinion, are people who are well-meaning.
Lastly, I need to set the record straight on the accusation that Dr. Fountain’s unwillingness, or inability to keep those he will represent safe. How ludicrous a statement is that from someone who does not know Dr. Fountain as most who know him would agree.
I know of no one that has taken this recent health crisis lightly. But there comes a point in time that we as individuals need to take responsibility for our own health care. Or are you more comfortable allowing our government to do that for you?
Quarantining in your home while healthy, social distancing, wearing face masks and gloves, and all that has been suggested during this crisis, has had questionable effect in combating this virus.
That being said, I know for a fact Dr. Fountain supports complying with CDC recommendations and adhering to local, state, and federal mandates, but until a vaccine is found, it is up to us to manage our lives, our families, and our businesses.
I highly endorse Dr. Fountain, and my vote has been cast. He is someone I am confident will lead Surprise forward.