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Mel Hayes: Ward should withdraw from the race

Harvey Ward, with all due respect…

With pending ethics violation investigations heading your way, you should remove yourself from the ballot.

I believe it is selfish of you to hang citizens out to dry if the violations are found to be true. Those should be cleared up… then you can return to politics if those problems are unfounded.

It doesn’t look good when, out of 15 cases brought up to the ethics committee for campaign violations, only yours made it to a vote for a full investigation. I think citizens should have the right to know the full story before they vote, rather than after the election, when repercussions could hurt us.

As a citizen of Gainesville, the right thing to do is withdraw from the race and get it cleared up.

Sincerely,

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Melvin Hayes