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Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009

A good name counts

To the editor:

Due to a previously scheduled engagement, unfortunately, I was unable to attend the forum held at the Fire Museum. However, it has come to my attention that my candidacy is the topic of blog discussions, in addition to all candidates being discussed in Ltters to the Editor of the Clayton News Daily.

Allow me to offer clarification by stating that I was born and raised in Jonesboro. When I met my wife, we moved to Stockbridge for a brief period of time. But not long after, we followed our hearts and made the decision to return to Jonesboro. Looking back on it, there was no better choice we could have made, because, shortly thereafter, my dear one was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

She fought bravely, surrounded by the people of this town who meant so much to her, and passed away on Oct. 24, 2008. That was almost one year ago today and the significance is not lost on me. Through her ordeal, I have gained the insight that one person's existence is like the blink of an eye in the grand order of things. But, when you have the force and will of others behind you, one person is capable of changing lives for the better.

My wife was older than I, and in our time together, she taught me many things about life. One of those things is that your good name means more than anything. It is this lesson, combined with the positive spirit of her, which remains with me. It gives me the resolve not to get involved in the "mud slinging" that is all too common in political life.

I have always been one to fight for fairness and truth. I do so each day in my career and in my personal life. I strive to make life better for those around me, and you can expect nothing different if I am chosen for City Council.

People of Jonesboro should know that I am someone who will speak on their behalf. The promise I make is to do everything with a pure heart and for the betterment of Jonesboro.

SHAWN WOOTEN

Candidate for

Jonesboro City Council