Supporting Francis for clerk

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 11, 2007

To the editor:

Remember as a child when you learned or taught your son the Scout Law?

Those attributes were more than mere words in a statement, they were the very essence of what scouting was all about and became engrained in that young boy as he grew to be a man — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

Through his experience as both a scout and a respected scout leader, those attributes became a part of the fiber of Rick Francis’ being, and today are a reflection of who he is and the reason why he is an excellent candidate for the office of Southampton County Clerk of Court. All those virtues are important for that office, and, as he has in his career, Rick will rely on them for decision-making, goal-setting and performance of his duties, which will be of great benefit to the citizens.

The oath that he took as a scout also echoes his perspective toward this position — to help other people at all times, keep physically strong, mentally alert and morally straight. What more could you ask of the person in that office? In my association with Rick as a citizen, attorney, mayor and friend, I know of his dedication, determination to the cause, excellent work ethic and compassion for others.

Certainly, his legal background is an added advantage.

The many hours he has spent in the records room researching and pouring over documents add to those qualifications.

I will proudly cast my vote for Rick Francis for Clerk of Court, and encourage you to consider the outstanding qualities of this young man when you go to

the polls, too.

Linda Beatty