Imagine you had hired an employee to be part of a three-person team to run a multi-million dollar operation. And imagine that, during the past four years of his current contract, he and his fellow board members had managed to reduce the operation's total debt by more than half - even during the most severe recession in generations.
Imagine this same group also managed to balance the operation's budget, despite losing $780,000 from a major source of funding. Meanwhile, an investment he had been part of continued to generate revenue - $14 million and counting.
Surely, you would retain that employee.
That essentially is the choice before Seneca County voters as Ben Nutter seeks re-election as a county commissioner. And we think Nutter has earned their support in seeking to retain his seat on the board.
He's running against a capable businessman, Fred Zoeller, and the mutual respect they have shown during their campaigns has been refreshing. Hopefully, they could work together after the election.
Every candidate - and resident - wants to see the local economy grow and the county to get more jobs. And Zoeller has specific ideas about marketing the county's advantages and networking with state officials to bring jobs here.
Thus, we not only urge voters to return a capable, experienced leader, Ben Nutter, to the county board of commissioners, we also ask local leaders to take advantage of Fred Zoeller's knowledge, expertise and ideas in attracting employers to Seneca County.
We not only would retain a valuable employee, but could do a better job of attracting jobs to our county.