Incumbent Democrat Michael Bond is in the fight of his short political life trying to fend off a strong challenge from Republican County Board Chairman Suzi Schmidt.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, it seems, so Bond was first up with a very misleading ad in which he claimed that Schmidt voted to raise taxes, but that Bond "stood up to party leaders" (but that's a laugh). Here's his cable TV ad:
Suzi has now struck back, however. Suzi's campaign rebutted the Bond ad through an e-mail blaast and noted the following:
Suzi has returned her pay raises for the last two years back to the county.
Suzi has frozen her salary twice, including a current salary freeze in effect through 2012 for all countywide elected officials, county board members and county employees.
In order to help balance the budget and save jobs in uncertain economic times, last year Suzi successfully negotiated with the unions who have county contracts to also freeze their salaries.
Budget and Spending
The 42% increase in spending at the county that Bond's ad refers to is actually federal stimulus (grant) money the county received through President Obama's ARRA stimulus package, which had to be spent. This was NOT county tax dollars.
Last year Suzi cut $6 million from the budget in order to keep it balanced, and this
year has proposed another $8 million in cuts to non-essential services.
Suzi has maintained a balanced budget for 10 years as County Board Chairman.
Suzi has now gone on the counter-attack against Bond with a few video ads of her own:
This one is even better:
This race is a hot one, kids. But I think Bond is going down. And the Ghost of Geo isn't going to be swooping in to save Mr. Bond this time.