Summers Says Public Buildings Should Not Be Named For Officeholders

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Election Commission member Jerry Summers said Tuesday he was a close friend of the late election administrator Bud Knowles, but he said he objects to naming a public building for an officeholder.

"That's a disservice to the officeholders in the past and in the future," he said.

Mr. Summers said he found out from reading the Election Commission minutes that the panel voted at a brief meeting on election night Nov. 6 to recommend naming the election office just off Amnicola Highway for Mr. Knowles. The final decision is up to the County Commission.

Mr. Summers said he was late for the meeting because he thought it started at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

He also objected to the fact that the item was not on the agenda for the meeting. He said such items should be made known at least 10 days in advance so those for and against them can come to the meeting and advocate for their position.

The idea of naming the building for Mr. Knowles was voted down once before, he said. Chairman Mike Walden said the idea was floated before and the motion died for lack of a second.

Mr. Summers said the decision "smacks of politics."

Republicans now have control of the Election Commission. However, Mr. Knowles was a Democrat.    

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