Civility Prevails at Harris County Political Forum

  Refreshing civility prevailed at the Harris County Political Forum last Tuesday in Hamilton.  Not only were the candidates respectful of one another, but there seemed to be a feeling of community in the Harris County Board of Eductaion auditorium.

  The mood was set when Harris County Journal reporter Pam Avery explained the forum rules, and asked, “Does everyone understand that?” The voice of a small child in the back of the room responded, clamly and seriously, with, “Yes, we understand.” Warm laughter filled the room.

Harris County Board of Education Auditorium

Harris County Board of Education Auditorium

  When the candidates debated the issues, they avoided attacking one another and mainly told why they thought they could do the job.  They even got a few laughs.

Mike Jolley, incumbent Harris County Sheriff

Mike Jolley, incumbent Harris County Sheriff

  The major disagreement of the evening was between incumbent Sheriff Mike Jolley, and the man who wants his job, Hamilton Police Chief Dan Colberg.  Colberg said the drug problem was Harris County’s biggest one. Sheriff Jolley said that break-ins and burglaries are the biggest problem, though he added that drug addicts were the biggest offenders, burglarizing homes and businesses to get money to support their drug habit.

Dan Colberg, Hamilton, GA police chief, candidate for Harris County Sheriff

Dan Colberg, Hamilton, GA police chief, candidate for Harris County Sheriff

  It was interesting to see how the audience reacted to Steven Camp, a Newnan lawyer, who is running against 3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.  Camp had two things working against him. He is a Democrat and Harris County is very Republican. Also, the audience didn’t know him.  When he finished his first appearance he got polite applause. People in Harris County are polite.

Steve Camp, Dem. candidate for GA 3rd Congressional District

Steve Camp, Dem. candidate for GA 3rd Congressional District

  Something happened when he came back later during the audience questioning period. He said that Rep. Westmoreland’s call for more drilling for oil would not solve the energy problem, and would not help in coping with global warming. He said he was for a crash program, something of the scope of the Kennedy space program to put a man on the moon, to develope alternative, clean energy for America, using wind power, solar, safe nuclear, and biofuels. This time the applause was not polite. It was loud and enthusiastic.

  I think maybe it wasn’t just that they agreed with what he said, but that they decided that they liked this  clean-cut, intellgent, confident, but humble young man from Newnan.  They had gotten to know him a little better.

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3 Responses to “Civility Prevails at Harris County Political Forum”

  1. Richard Says:

    Huh? No one asked if Mike Jolley is still Sheriff? If he’s been indicted yet by the feds?

    Such were the rumors some spread a week ago. All apparently bogus. And I haven’t heard from the main rumor-spreader since.

  2. Sonja Says:

    Hi Dick! I just rediscovered your blog. You may want to correct the Hamilton police chief’s name in the copy of this post. I have a story about him that I’ll try to post on my blog over the weekend. It involves the one and only time my journalistic integrity was ever brought into question. I hope you’re doing well and have a great weekend!

  3. dicksworld Says:

    Thanks, Sonja. I made the correction. It’s nice to have online eidtors.

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