In reference to the letter from Ersilia Hammack in last week’s Gazette, I have to wonder whether she and I both attended the same candidate forum at the Gloucester Colonial Courthouse. I listened to both Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Thomas speak, and I was impressed with the clarity and authority with which Mrs. Thomas answered the questions.
While it seemed like several of the citizens asking questions favored Mrs. Smith’s campaign, I thought Mrs. Thomas actually did a better job with her answers. Her experience serving as our Treasurer clearly showed her to be the better candidate. In addition, while Ms. Hammack focused on the increase in the delinquent tax number, she evidently did not pay attention to Mrs. Thomas’s report that her collection rates top 99 percent for real estate taxes and 96 percent for personal property.
Fortunately, the video from the candidate forum has been posted on the county’s website, so you and your readers can vie...
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