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Anonymous Mailer Attacks Oconee County Commission Candidate as ‘Career Politician’

The campaign for the open Post 2 seat on the Oconee County Board of Commissioners turned negative this week as a campaign flier attacking candidate Chuck Horton as a “career politician” who has threatened the county’s school system arrived in select mailboxes in the county.

The dark colored, six-inch by 11-inch flier does not indicate who paid for the mailing, but it lists as the mailing address the postal box used by Marcus for Oconee BOC, the organization of candidate Marcus Wiedower.

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Wiedower has not responded to repeated attempts to talk to him about the advertisement.

Ben Bridges, the third candidate for the Board of Commissioners position, said Thursday night he had not seen the flier and had nothing to do with it.

Horton also said that 25 to 30 of his campaign signs posted on private property have been stolen or damaged. Several of the damaged signs were run over by a vehicle, he said.

To continue reading, click here to go to Oconee County Observations.

In other Oconee County election news:

• All three commission candidates—Ben Bridges, Horton and Wiedower, support raising revenue for the Parks and Recreation Department, but Bridges’ support was the most unequivocal.

• Wiedower has raised $24,000, including $2,000 from a Nevada congressman.

• All three candidates want to play a role in the widening of Highway 441 and the Bishop bypass.

• All three candidates want more SPLOST transparency, but only Horton is proposing a citizen committee to oversee projects.

• Wiedower, a homebuilder, says developers won’t influence him.