Will of the People

Tidings 7/8/2021

Last November, Ashland voters had an opportunity to weigh in on the legacy of outgoing mayor John Stromberg. In doing so, they rejected the City Hall bond (supported by Stromberg), voted for a city manager form of government (opposed by Stromberg) and elected Julie Akins as mayor (over Stromberg’s endorsement of Tonya Graham). In short, voters resoundingly opted for a new direction for Ashland.

Since then, councilors Steve Jensen and Graham have embarked on a campaign of bitter public attacks on Akins. In last Tuesday night’s council meeting they were joined by councilor Paula Hyatt in what was clearly a carefully planned attempt to blindside Akins and hijack the proceedings. Video of the meeting can be seen here.

This trio needs to be reminded that Akins was elected by a majority of Ashlanders and given the mandate to make changes. Ashland citizens should demand that they stop their divisiveness and get on with the business of running the city and balancing the budget.

David Savage, CFP

Ashland

Campaign of Bitter Public Attacks by Jensen & Graham

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