Letter: Milam’s integrity needed on Hamilton County Commission

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Editor,

I endorse Matt Milam for Hamilton County Commissioner. By trust and integrity, Matt connects with ordinary people, and I would like Hamilton County voters to get to know this good man. Here’s why:

Among nearly 40 stated commissioners’ duties, the most controversial are maintaining infrastructur,e including roads and bridges, and authorizing county contracts. This has raised serious questions.

There are at least three reasons why we need Matt on the county commission. Meeting at 1:30 p.m., it’s difficult for taxpayers to know what happens and to give input.  Beginning in executive session that can last an hour or more, business appears to be cooked before meetings begin. And receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, from those who do millions in business with the county, commissioners invite awkward questions.

Enter Matt Milam.

Fourteen years ago, Matt went to the door of every home in Home Place. He led his community when the annexation process by Carmel began. During this time, he earned the trust of his neighbors––rare in politics.

I have concerns about the possible connection between large campaign contributions to county commissioners and the recipients of lucrative county contracts. We need Matt’s integrity on the Hamilton County Commission.

We want our grandchildren growing up in a county where their leaders are models of transparency. I am encouraged by the trust and integrity Matt will bring to the commission.

I’ll be voting Matt Milam for Hamilton County Commissioner on May 8.

Jim DeCamp, Carmel

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