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Letter to the Editor

Writer supports Scott Mims for County Council


web posted May 17, 2010
Editor,
As we quickly approach the primary date for the District 2 County Council race, I feel compelled to share with you a personal experience regarding Mr. Scott Mims. Let me begin by saying that at one point in time, Scott and I didn't exactly see "eye to eye."  I was upset over the way certain business was being conducted at our local Dixie Youth Baseball program, which Scott serves as President of, and was very vocal in my criticism of Scott and most of the Board of Directors at the time.

To say that there was tension between the two of us and the parties that we represented would be an understatement. 

However, instead of ignoring me, which Scott could have easily of done, and been within his rights as League President to do so, he called me and left a lengthy voicemail on my phone.  While the voicemail was tense, Scott never crossed the line and before he hung up he asked if the two of us could meet in an effort to find some middle ground.

Frankly, I was surprised and as our meeting grew closer I wondered if Scott was simply trying to put out a small fire. I figured he would listen, we would disagree and that would be the end of it. Instead, Scott listened intently, we argued, sometimes loudly but never offensive or obnoxious.  And during that small frame of time I began to appreciate Scott Mims and the fact that in actuality, the two of us were more alike than I'd ever imagined. 
Scott was passionate about the subject but not so much that he refused to listen.  He promised me that he would bring my suggestions before the Board and that he would call me. In the end, Scott did call me and today I serve as a Board Member along side him.

Scott could have easily dismissed my concerns and forgotten about our meeting. 

Now, as we approach the final few games of our baseball season, I have to say that I don't know that I've ever seen a more dedicated volunteer.  Scott not only serves as our Board President but can always be counted on to pick up the "slack" for other Board Members or Coaches when they can't make it. 

I would love for those individuals who have continued to "hammer" Scott over his associations with certain folks in our community to spend a summer with this man. Responsible for a large budget, hundreds of children and on call 24 hours a day, his dependability is nothing less than perfect. Remember, there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. 

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I speak my mind quickly and often. I'm a fighter, who will go to great lengths to standup for my family and friends. I believe in the promise of our youth and the fact that all children should have the opportunity for a quality recreational experience. And when I disagree with someone, I don't bury my head in the sand and hope that person goes away. I try and meet conflict head on, looking for the common ground that will better the situation.  I give of my time freely, being a volunteer and serving in whatever capacity is afforded to me.  Instead of standing on the sidelines, I choose to mentor, to participate, to be active in the solution.

 These are the same traits that I see in Scott Mims, traits that I believe will serve him well as a County Council member. 

John L. Brown Jr.
Edgefield







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