For this MDJ reader, not personally active in Cobb politics, but interested, Jon Gillooly helped clarify matters regarding candidates for Cobb Commission chairman.
It became clear from Gillooly’s recent story about the Atlanta Regional Commission’s influence on local government that at least one candidate (Bill Byrne) is building his case by appealing to those voters who prefer not to be closely associated with Atlanta and other metro counties. That’s a view some find irresponsible and lacking in vision for a better-than-ever future for Cobb. In other words, this candidate, and perhaps two others (Mike Boyce and Larry Savage), appear content for us to be an island by itself, no longer providing significant leadership to the region as a whole.
The other candidate for the chairmanship, the incumbent, (Tim Lee), has had to deal with the criticism that often results from true leadership. Leadership involves making decisions and taking positions not always popular and often misunderstood. And, on occasion, decisions prove not successful. However, this candidate, not always spectacular and apparently unwilling to engage in gutter politics, has stood up for what his knowledge and values called for in responsibly executing his duties. He appears to be “looking forward,“ not only for the betterment of Cobb citizens, but is not afraid to keep this county in the mainstream of leadership for the whole area — an area whose progress has had a great deal to do with Cobb’s growth and progress over the yeas.
What a difference! Looking backward to the past while advocating a narrow and arrogant provincialism for the future. Or looking forward in dealing with Cobb’s special concerns, while also supportive of regional partnership in an important metro area — dynamic in the past with a dynamic future when there is courageous and visionary leadership throughout the region.