Former Candidate for U.S. House Addresses the Republican Beaufort County Commissioners | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: Below are some very frank, and very pertinent, comments addressing the Republican Beaufort County Commissioners.

    "I am Ashley Woolard from the Old Ford community. I would like to thank the commissioners for the opportunity to speak on the upcoming tax increase and my opposition to it. I will be brief.

    "I challenge you, our county commissioners, to vote no on any tax increases. In these difficult times as people are literally starving and losing their homes -- no republican would vote for a tax increase.

    "It is a fact that a tax increase could not be approved by this board without at least one republican supporting it. No true republican would vote for a tax increase with people hurting like they are hurting right now.

    "Republicans on this board have been elected and chosen by the people based on what they campaigned for -- less taxes and less regulations. Prove your worth.

    "Any Republican man, and I use the term lightly, who would vote for such a tax increase needs to head on down to the board of elections tomorrow and change their party affiliation. Phony Republicans will have 100 reasons to do so allowing government elitists to ruin our lives and dictate the the future of the citizens of this county.

    "I will assure you tonight that any so-called Republicans here who votes for a tax increase, I will guarantee you right now that you will not be elected to anything in this county ever again.

    "I challenge the Republicans on this board of commissioners to not tarnish our name by voting for an irresponsible tax increase and expect respect from our community.

    "As you debate this disastrous tax increase I must head out to the ballfield and watch my eight-year-old son play baseball. And I only hope in twenty years that he can afford to live in Beaufort County. Thank you for your time."
    Ashley Woolard explains conservative values to a crowd at his campaign rally, September 2010.      image by Stan Deatherage
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