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Forsyth Commissioner Surprised Opponent Distances Himself From GOP

David Hole says he doesn't consider himself connected to any political camp, according to the Todd Levent campaign.

Forsyth County District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent. Photo: Forsyth County Government
Forsyth County District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent. Photo: Forsyth County Government

Editor's Note: The following is a press release from the campaign to Re-Elect Todd Levent as Forsyth County Commissioner.

Forsyth County Commissioner Todd Levent said Monday he isn't surprised developer David Hole challenged him for his District 3 seat on the Board of Commissioners only that his opponent quickly distanced himself from the Forsyth County Republican Party.

"He's a friend and political ally of the sheriff," Levent said. "He campaigned for Sheriff Piper, donated money to his campaign and held fundraisers for him. I've opposed many of the sheriff's policies. So my sources tell me the sheriff went out and recruited a 'yes man' to run against me."

While Levent said Hole's campaign came as no surprise, he was shocked at how quickly his opponent distanced himself from the Forsyth County Republican Party.

"Forsyth County is one of the most Republican counties in the nation," Levent added. "For him to declare that he doesn't feel connected to the vast majority of our voters as he did in his press release shows how out of touch he is with Forsyth County values. If he's not connected to the Republican Party, he can't run in the Repubican Primary in May."

Levent said he has opposed many of Piper's policies, including the firing of 11 highly-competent deputies and the donation of county-owned property to the Savannah-Chatham County Police Department. "Now I'm hearing the sheriff plans to abandon the south end of the county by moving all of the Uniform Patrol to the North Precinct, an initiative that I will strongly oppose but my opponent will likely rubber stamp for his friend."

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Linny Pope January 21, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Mr.Levent should be ashamed of himself. His "press release" is tacky and borderline a bully tactic. Certainly not something you want in a commissioner. Someone should advise Mr.Levent when releasing such a statement & saying "I heard" sounds a lot like high school gossip and something a grown man shouldn't do if he is trying to get support and votes. I looked on the fb page of his opponent - it clearly states Republican Party - so is that distancing yourself? Probably not. Someone should also clue Mr.Levent in that it wasn't a shock that he opposed the firing of the 11, after all he himself was involved in a discrimination law suit, with the very county he worked for how many years Mr.Levent? So of course it would be personal. The sheriff has had an excellent year in office, obviously supporting him was the right choice for our county & that's what Mr.Hole says that he wants. From looking at the candidates respective fb pages / web pages I believe it's clear on who wants what's best for the county, and it's not our current questionable commissioner. I thought he said he would only serve for one term unless someone talked him into it, then he says with the support of his family he's decided.... Was it a ego thing? Then the vote that he "took back". Seems a bit wishy washy - now this disgusting display of grown man bullying? Thanks Mr.Levent for showing us the right vote, I want the guy who wants what's best for the county - and not the one with a complex.
frank January 22, 2014 at 01:54 AM
I just hope this publication gives equal space for Mr Hole to respond to the "news" in the article above, or it would seem that this article would be an attempt to influence as opposed to inform. Even if responding means saying "that was too stupid to dignify it with a response" And really Mr Levent? You are hearing the sheriff plans to abandon the south end of the county? From who? Could you name that source? Or did you make it up or exaggerate. I am not so sure you are giving the voters of our county enough credit. You come off pretty silly, and last I checked, pretty silly is not a desirable characteristic for a county commissioner...
Redsmom1 January 22, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Mr. Levent, is your run for re-election a preamble to your proposal to eliminate the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office and create a Forsyth County Police Department with you as Police Chief? This isn't a rumor, this was widely discussed by you and your supporters during the last election cycle. What are your intentions regarding the elimination of the FCSO? I am a supporter of the Constitutional Office of the County Sheriff and the need for the County Government to be a separate entity. The County should not be micro-managing the Sheriff's Office as they are not equipped to make the necessary decisions of the day to day operations of the FCSO. We have a larger than life US Government and we all see how well that is going, is that what you see as beneficial direction for Forsyth County? We would be foolish to believe that we are going to prevent Forsyth County from growing in population, we built it and they are coming. We have the number one rated school system in the state, low taxes, great property values and a quality of life unmatched by any other county in the North Metro Area. What we need in office is a plan for Smart Development! It's going to happen, its inevitable. So instead of slandering your opponent and maligning the current Sheriff why don't you tell the people of Forsyth County what it is you plan to do to preserve the quality of life through smart development. As a successful developer, I am certain Mr. Hole can contribute greatly to the discussions and decisions of the County Commission and I am interested to hear what he has to say. Leave the Sheriff's Office out of your campaign, that election has been won. Unless of course, your true colors are showing and you intend to abolish the Sheriff's Office in favor of a County Police Department with you at the helm.
frank January 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I apologize to Cumming Patch. I glossed over the part of the article above that indicated this was a press release, not a piece of "news" Actually I am pleased. This will make it painfully obvious to the voters of the county that this piece of foolishness can be directly attributed to Mr Levent and his camp. I don't think that dog is going to hunt in this election. Voters want to have a realistic discussion of the issues, not sound bites and sentences taking out of context, rumors set out with the intent to disparage, unsubstantiated accusations and insinuations. Your are going to need to step up your game. Stick to the issues and stop trying to sling mud. Stand on your accomplishments and your vision for the future and stop the attacks on your opponent that make you look silly.
Deborah Storey January 23, 2014 at 01:50 PM
This says more about Todd Levent then David Hole.
Marley Kramer January 24, 2014 at 08:16 PM
When I first moved to Forsyth County I went to vote. I was shown a ballot of all Republicans. I asked about where the ballot was for the Democrats and was told, even if a candidate wanted to think like a Democrat, they would still run on a Republican ticket here in Forsyth County.

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