The series will run over the next few weeks leading up to the May primary and will focus on the governing record of White County Judge Mike Lincoln.
Judge Lincoln has been in office for almost a full six years and he’s never really been vetted as a candidate. That is to say, the community, in my opinion, has never really taken an in-depth look at his record in office or his qualifications for the position. He has gone without much serious opposition the last few elections and so, despite his unpopularity, he has remained relatively unscathed.
The judge essentially said in the debate last week that his qualifications to be judge are all based on the fact that he has been judge for the last 5 years. But what has he done and is our county better off than it was when he took power?
These are important questions that need to be asked. We know the local media won’t ask them, either because of fear or because they support him. Or both. On the other hand, we have never been afraid to ask the tough questions here at The Patriot.
We are going to take at thorough look at several key events that have shaped Judge Lincoln’s judgeship, as well as a general overview of his time in office. It is beyond dispute that his administration has been plagued with scandal after scandal, many of which have been documented here on The Patriot.
In this series, we will pose questions, present our analysis, and ultimately, the decision will be yours. You must decide if Judge Lincoln has earned his keep. I think the answer is pretty clear. We will see what you think.
As we undertake this project, I earnestly encourage everyone to put aside your personal experiences and even your political biases. We want to have a conversation about the facts. We want to talk about White County. We want to make White County better. Sometimes in order to do that, we have to put aside our emotions, our preferences, and perhaps even our personal relationships so we can think objectively. What we must never surrender is our principles.
So please, if you can, put aside your preconceived notions of the judge and perhaps even of me. Let’s talk truth.
Look for our first article in the series to roll out this week.