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C.S. Harris on the value of independent voting
Former Adair County News editor and staunch Democrat Charles Snow Harris wrote the following in a letter of support to his long time friend, C.G. "Gus" Jeffries, in the fall of 1921, when Jeffries was a candidate for County Judge on the Independent ticket. The letter appeared in the October 11, 1921 News.Good citizenship is unquestionably better than party regularity and, in my judgment, independent voting -- voting for men and measures - is far better than blindly following the Rooster or the Cabin and is in reality the safety valve of good and wholesome government.(For the record, Mr. Jeffries won the election, defeating Republican incumbent W.S. Sinclair by fifty votes. Two other races in this election were considerably closer. George Coffey defeated Democrat Evin Akin by 13 votes to claim the Sheriff's office, but even that slim margin amounted to a veritable landslide compared to the Circuit Court Clerk's race, where C.F. Paxton carried the day over Republican M.C. Winfrey by six ballots.) -JIM
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