Dvorak... An Explanation for all seasons.
Honesty / Integrity / values... These words I am SO used to seeing on campaign signs. The people want these values in folks they vote into office, I mean, wouldn't you ?
Conversely, Bill Dvorak is not campaigning on the honesty platform, he's campaigning on Leadership. Alright, Bill claims to be a leader. But to be an effective leader, one needs to have followers. Followers tend to flock to honesty, however Dvorak isn't campaigning on that platform.
True leadership is not just about starting something. It is about putting the pieces in place to ensure that the initiative continues to function and grow long after one is gone. When a project evolves from being a personal quest to a recognized and adopted societal good, then you’ve been a leader. Then you’ve created a legacy.
Integrity, there's another strong platform, but Dvorak is campaigning on Experience instead? What experience does Dvorak possess as a County Commissioner ? That's right, none. And he's not publicly claiming to have any integrity either, at least not that I have witnessed.
Results. Okay, so not campaigning on values, which is evidenced by being in trouble for trespass, poaching, tax evasion, numerous and flagrant violations of the AHRA Special Use agreement his rafting company holds. And that's all we're aware of, how many other skeletons are in the closet ? Not the sort of values I'd embrace in a County Commissioner, his "results" thing isn't what I'd look for either.
Here's the results from Dvorak's perspective. Wild claims about broadband, the boat ramp, reinventing the Chaffee County economy, being one of the very first outfitters on the Arkansas, coining the phrase “Now This Is Chaffee County”, instituting the county lodging tax and visitors bureau, creating the AHRA, etc…
When did Paul Bunyan change his name to Bill Dvorak ?!?!?! From letters to the editor supporting Dvorak, most are from career politicians, very few local folk have seen fit to extol Bill in the papers and when they do, all they do is parrot the half truths and rhetoric that comes from Bill.
He DID effectively assist a questionable end run around Congress in order to have a National Monument formed thru executive fiat, instead of following the rules and processes in place to prevent abuses of the law. Sidestepped it entirely. And now that we have the designation, what's changed other than a bright new level of bureaucracy has come to the valley?
At this point, the Chaffee County Democrats seem desperate to discredit Greg Felt in any way they can. It truly seems that they have become an entity that exists solely to perpetuate itself. They don’t really listen to what is being said, much less to themselves. And they see no irony in attacking Greg Felt for accepting a completely legal campaign contribution while explaining away the documented fact that Dvorak stole $80,000 in employee social security, medicare, and federal income tax withholding payments.
Sure, he paid it back (though it sounds like he still owes penalties and interest), but only after he got caught. He always has an explanation for everything, but when do people wake up and wonder why so many explanations are necessary? And now they want the unaffiliated candidate to return the large legal contribution he received because it’s unfair to the major party candidates?
The Democrats desperation comes from the issue that there simply isn't any negative "dirt" to be dug up on Greg. That should tell you something right there.
Vote for Greg Felt, he IS campaigning on Integrity, respect, and wants to work toward strengthening the community and protecting the resources that make Chaffee County the gem it is.