The more I read about Dr. Beams, the more curious I become of her candidacy. We are slowly approaching the realm of Reginald T. Avery.
A recent article in the Columbia Flier has some comments from Dr. Beams that I would describe as "misguided." In a time when many would say we need more business-people in government, Dr. Beams suggests we need more physicians:
"While my opponent has business training and financial expertise, he's not a physician, he doesn't take care of patients every day," Beams, 37, said.
As noted later in the article, "Fox is a director for Business Development for Constellation Energy Projects and Services Group Inc."
Her second focus is on school lunches:
"I struggle with the fact that I send my kids to school and they're eating popcorn chicken at school. They have options to eat fruits and vegetables, but they also have options that should not be on the menu," she said.
Greg Fox had a quick response: Fox, the only Republican on the council, said school nutrition issues are a matter for the county school board.
Her land use position is very Uptonian:
Beams also said she wants to ensure smart development in the county while protecting what she called natural spaces.
"I think as time marches on, this issue is going to become more to the forefront because there's land out there and people want to use it," she said.
There's land out there...and people want to use it.
So, after reading this article, I have to wonder if she has talked to anyone on the County Council about what they do. I say that tongue-in-cheek, but come on! What do you think is more important when evaluating a budget or a development model, financial expertise or medical know-how? Also, we have Board of Education candidates that have been very clear that they take care of school nurition.
I think Dr. Beams is most likely very smart, I just don't know if the other Dems on the Council care enough to lend her a hand in finding her issues and deciding what to run on. Maybe they like Greg just fine.