Following are a few letters submitted to the editor of the Denton Record Chronicle on June 11, 2012:
Vote for Burroughs, Kamp
I have been following with alarm what’s going on in the run-off for mayor of Denton.
The contrast is stark between candidates. Mark Burroughs is our current mayor. He has consistently conducted himself as mayor with dignity, fairness and respect for others. He conducts himself as a gentleman, a statesman.
Anyone who has worked with or observed our City Council recognizes that Mark is a key peacemaker, working constantly to bring people together on the hardest issues.
Durrance, whom I have known since our Boy Scout days, has a long history of polarizing politics and deportment. His approach to campaigning has been poisonous, antagonistic, divisive and destructive.
I have also never witnessed such a blatant attempt to use a political party to take over a city election that by law, history and good sense is nonpartisan. We will all pay a dear price if we let that happen.
City decisions like police, fire, street repair, trash pickup, etc., are not the kind of decisions that should be influenced by party affiliation.
Durrance’s time on the City Council until his defeat was marked by bizarre votes, angry outbursts and divisiveness.
He voted against residents being able to comment on the council’s consent agenda items, opposed incentives to bring business and jobs to Denton and opposed Robson Ranch and Unicorn Lake.
We have been lucky since those difficult years … luck brought in no small part by Jack Miller, Euline Brock, Mark Burroughs and Pete Kamp.
Vote for Mark Burroughs and Pete Kamp this run-off.
Scott L. Campbell,
Please join me in casting your vote for Mark Burroughs for mayor in the June 23 run-off election.
As Mark Burroughs’ father-in-law, I am extremely proud to write a letter to help my fellow Dentonites know a few things about Mark, who has been Denton’s mayor for the past four years and is seeking re-election.
First, despite a quote I read in the paper by Mark’s opposition, Mark certainly does live in Denton. I should know as I live with Mark and his family in our Denton home.
I am at a loss why Neil Durrance continues to claim differently on his website. Apparently, Neil has not made any inquiries of me or my neighbors as to Mark’s true residence. It appears to me, if Neil cannot prove a fact, he just tries to cast doubt and confusion.
Perhaps Neil wants to win this race so desperately he is willing to put out false and misleading information.
Sometimes if a politician has little or no achievements of his own, his only alternative plan is to attack his opponent, even with untruths.
I am very proud of Mark and his many achievements, which have helped advance Denton as one of the premier North Texas cities.
I have never known a man so dedicated to helping others, so intelligent, with so much integrity, such understanding of government, business and community needs and who works tirelessly for his community for free.
Let’s continue our progress — please vote for Mark.
Burroughs best choice
As a former Denton mayor, I served with both Mark Burroughs and Neil Durrance. Based on that experience and subsequent observations of the two candidates in this year’s mayoral election, I wholeheartedly endorse Mark for re-election.
Past performance is the best predictor of how a person will perform in the future. Mark’s record as Denton’s mayor the past four years speaks for itself. Even in these difficult economic times, Denton continues to prosper and be a great place to live, learn and work.
Voting in this election is every registered voter’s opportunity to help determine the future of our city. I urge you to vote.
Please join me in voting to re-elect Mark Burroughs.