Enjoyed reading the comments here from the few on the executive committee who did not vote for Hickey. Especially the "destitute Latino background" part - something only mentioned in the CLOSED executive committee meeting. Hickey has been open about his Hispanic background. If you followed the board of education, you would know that. (And he does speak Spanish, so I'm not sure what the comment in Spanish is supposed to infer). His comment about the message being sent to Hispanic voters, regardless of justification, is one that they are not welcome in local politics. It is a problem the Republican party has nationwide with inclusion.
The comments here are reflective of the handful of people making them. Please do not believe that most republicans feel this way. Dr. Hickey has worked consistently for conservative principles. Those of us who follow area politics know this. It is clear there is an agenda among at least a few the sitting commissioners. Time will tell how it plays out for the county. Sadly, we lost an honest, well qualified leader to this county board when they ignored the party recommendation and did not approve Hickey. I hope this does not deter him from a political future. We need some leaders that do not stand to profit from their elected positions. Right now, we do not have them.
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