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Tormey Campagna’s response to Frank Leeming

Regarding the Frank Leeming post on July 17th

I have great respect for Frank and we have talked many times over the past several years.  His input surrounding particular situations and/or issues has always been of value.  With that said, I do not intend to go back and forth online with Frank or anyone else regarding comments from the July 17th Board meeting and my vote on several of the motions.  I feel I explained it adequately at the Board meeting.  Frank is passionate about the things he believes, as he should be, but that doesn’t mean we will always agree.

My beliefs still align with my campaign platform

During the campaign, I ran on a particular platform which I still believe is the best near/long term interest of the Village.  I never stated that I believed everything in the Village was going downhill, then or now.  There are many areas that need attention and I will do my utmost to address them over my term in office.  Likewise, I never stated that I would vote in lockstep with those who were elected at the same time.  I will look at every situation and/or issue on its own merit and make what I believe is the best decision for the near/long term interests of our Village. The last thing we need is to have an elected Board that operates like the US Congress where one party cannot support any position of the other and vice versa.

Positivity is needed

Desoto Golf Course - Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Desoto Golf Course – Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

While campaigning I made a concerted effort to run a positive campaign by not trying to throw individuals under the bus.  Now is not the time to start. Much needs to be accomplished and it will take time. Disagreements need to be handled in positive ways.  Again as I have stated above, I have valued Frank‘s input in the past and will continue to in the future.

by Tormey Campagna, July 19, 2019

Edited and Formatted by Cheryl Dowden

Photography by Joe Dowden

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