Candidates must be truthful and trustworthy

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The Republican primary election for Senate District 16 is over.  The voters have spoken – loudly and clearly – that Greg Gregory is the best person for this office. Greg will represent us competently and energetically as he has done in the past. The citizens of Lancaster County should be very grateful that he chose to return to politics.

Congratulations, Greg.

Now that the election is behind us, I feel compelled to speak out on an issue that has troubled me since the filing began for this office. In the last piece of campaign literature that I received from Rob McCoy, he stated – and I quote – “protecting the integrity of our voting system is critical to preserving our freedoms and the American way of life.”

I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. That is why I find it so troubling that Mr. McCoy chose to make a mockery of the residency requirement for qualification to run for this office.

This is not the first time that this has happened in local politics. Similar situations have occurred recently in Lancaster City Council elections.

If our candidates for public office cannot be trusted to provide truthful information for such a basic requirement, then it is obvious to me that we need to have a much better system of verifying residency than presently exists.


Larry W. Cauthen