DOUGLAS WALKER(R) is running for Roanoke City Commissioner of Revenue against incumbent Sherman Holland (D). Hank Bostwick of the Star City Harbinger went to great lengths uncovering what he perceived as unsubstantiated claims of improper operation and audits of the Commissioner of Revenue’s office during Hollands tenure. The audits went back to 2005. His defense of Holland and disparagement of both the media and the city auditor, Drew Harmon is hard to follow. It would have been easier for the layman to comprehend had he summarized a defense of Holland without disparaging others. To give some balance I’ve posted Walker’s response.
The Roanoke Times reporter Mason Adams did an excellent investigative article in May 2008 – CLICK HERE for a coherent understanding of events.
Douglas Walker responds in an email:
Over the past several months I have learned quite a bit about the political process, I guess the final missing piece was an attack on my character. In his article Hank Bostwick basically calls me a liar for citing numerous reports from credible media sources and the municipal auditors office, as far as that goes I will deal with him after the election. Hank’s desire to call into question the integrity of Keith, Drew and myself is somewhat confusing, but I probably shouldn’t expect much more from such an obviously one sided journalist. Mr. Bostwick and Mr. Holland have the same amount of real world experience running a business, so the fact that they share opinions isn’t hard to believe.
With respect to the Commissioner’s office, the facts haven’t changed. There have been no audits since Mr. Harmon was asked not to return in 2005. We need a commissioner that embraces the ideals of open government, and does not hide behind technicalities to diffuse claims of wrongdoing. My Campaign is about offering the citizens of Roanoke a chance to have a capable business minded leader serve them. I have made no personal attacks against Mr. Holland and don’t intend to do so. These facts about the Commissioner’s office came out long before I was running for office. I would summarize with these thoughts:
1) If you are happy with the way our city government is being run then vote for my opponent.
2)If you want a Commissioner who ignores suggestions for improvement and responds “you shouldn’t have been checking up on me” when an audit reveals serious inadequacies, then vote for my opponent.
3) If you want someone who is committed to a transparent office, which will welcome performance reviews and audits, then vote for me.
Thank you for the opportunity to respond.
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Election 2009, Politics, Roanoke City Politics
Tags: election2009, party_politics