He sees Updike as way to fix board’s ‘liberal spending’ ways

Published 10:05 am Saturday, October 29, 2011

To the Editor:

In my Oct. 12 guest column (“He supports challengers for Southampton County supervisors”), I wrote that the present Southampton County Board of Supervisors does not have good chemistry.

Based on the supervisors meetings I’ve attended, people I’ve talked to and articles I’ve read, Walt Brown is the major reason why the board has difficulty acting as a cohesive board.

At the Oct. 12 forum, Walt Brown mentioned how proud he was that the Board of Supervisors voted to spend $27,000 of taxpayers’ money to demolish four old abandoned homes in his district. More than 80 percent of the respondents to a Tidewater News poll determined that Southampton County should not use taxpayer dollars to demolish and remove dilapidated structures on private property.

At the Sept. 28 candidate forum, incumbent Supervisor Anita Felts mentioned the confidentiality oath members of the board were obligated to honor concerning potential new industry coming to Southampton County. There are rumors going around that this confidentiality oath has been breached.

I have known Glenn Updike for many years. The only agenda Glenn has is to serve all the citizens of Southampton County to the best of his ability. He has no personal agenda, keeps abreast of county issues, is very honest and is a team player.

Glenn is extremely well qualified to be a member of the Board of Supervisors. A vote for Glenn Updike and the three other challengers on Nov. 8 would be a big step toward controlling the liberal spending policies that have caused all Southampton County taxpayers to bear such a heavy tax burden.

Larry Brown
Newsoms District