Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 10, 2012 6:30 AM

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Letter to the Editor

I support Travis Weipert to be the next Johnson County auditor. Weipert's experience as an accountant at Aegon and commitment to public service as a Tiffin city councilor will be invaluable.

His priorities are to facilitate greater participation in elections and to expand voting opportunities to vote in Johnson County. Creating a safe respectful work environment in the Auditor's Office would change the current hostile work environment under incumbent Auditor Tom Slockett.

It would also protect Johnson County from further complaints of ethical violations by Slockett and successful claims for disability based on stress.

Why can't I support the incumbent auditor? Several county officials, as well as current and former Auditor's Office employees, have expressed their concern to me about inaccurate vote counts and misplaced and uncounted absentee and provisional ballots documented in "Slockett's Greatest Misses," which provides evidence of those errors from official published documents.

Essentially, Slockett has repeatedly abused the public's trust. He's had charges of drunk driving and a charge for failure to yield to pedestrians downtown in 2007. On one occasion, he left the scene of an accident, but the person he hit got his license-plate number.

Informal complaints about the hostile work environment culminated in his ethical violation of circulating a re-election nomination petition for himself attached to a staff-routing slip. Slockett repeatedly harassed employees who refused to sign the petition. He offered to come to their homes if they wouldn't sign the petition at work, because, as he said, "You're my friend, right?"

One employee who Slockett harassed with offers to come to her home for her signature actually defecated on herself.

It's time for a new face and a fresh start. Weipert is qualified to serve as auditor and is committed to serve all voters and the public with integrity. I hope Johnson County voters will join me in voting for Weipert for Johnson County auditor in the June 5 primary. If you are Republican, note that Johnson County Republicans aren't running a candidate, so Weipert is your only chance to make a positive change.

Maria Houser Conzemius
Iowa City resident

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