River City Politics

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

It's called politics for a reason. In Waynesboro's election some sitting council members have chosen sides, in one race coming out against the current vice mayor. The mayor is entering the fray.

Waynesboro Mayor Thomas Reynolds is concerned about the city getting a good-old-boy reputation and how dirty the campaigning has become.

Mayor Reynolds is not endorsing any candidates, but said he is stepping in to set the record straight.

He is not up for reelection, but he is getting involved, issuing a treatise called "Some Thoughts About the City of Waynesboro."

He said the point is not to come to anyone's defense, or attack anyone.

"Just to try to clarify what truth is because there is some misinformation and misconceptions that is being quoted as gospel and fact," he said.

For example, in a letter to voters from candidate Pat Steele says Vice Mayor Nancy Dowdy supported a 16.4 percent tax increase.

"That never was even considered for a vote," Reynolds explained.

This is just one of the issues the mayor calls a non-issue, as he calls for candidates vying for a seat on council to stop finger pointing.

"Tell me who you are, and why you are running, and what it is you are going to do to make Waynesboro a better place," he said. "Don't tell me what someone else did or didn't do in the past, tell me what you are going to do in the future."

His future as mayor is a question mark, as the position is up this year as well.

Pat Steele was not available for comment.

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