I am writing in support of Charlie Daniels for state representative. I have known Daniels personally and professionally for over 16 years. I worked with him at Belmont Correctional Institution and know that as an officer he was a valued employee with a spotless work record held in high esteem by both his fellow officers and the prison administration. Daniels is running for state representative for the 95th District. His opponent in this race is Andy Thompson (R) from Marietta. I am a former Belmont County resident, and have resided in Washington County since 2001, and Andy Thompson is not what is best for our district. I live where Andy Thompson makes his home, and he is not getting my vote, simply because in my opinion he has shown a blatant disdain and disregard for working families in Ohio. One comment, made by Andy Thompson showed his true character and is a reflection of how he has consistently voted; he stated that he wants to create jobs so people don't have to work in prisons. How insulting! Belmont Correctional Institution and Noble Correctional Institution have been a huge blessing to those counties by employing local residents, who may or may not have a college degree, but are thrilled to have a great job to support their families. Does his statement mean that the basic secretaries employed by his father's company (Birdwatcher's Digest) aren't important? Does his statement mean that the new small business owners don't matter? My daughter works in a local pizza shop that recently opened in Marietta, and let me tell you, every person working there is thrilled to just have a job! He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has never had to seek a job outside his family dynasty. In my opinion, Andy Thompson is rude, condescending, and arrogant - Is that really what we want representing "us" as the district? I don't want him as my voice! I want someone who has walked in my shoes, who has actually had to work, and of our choices for candidate, Charlie Daniels is that person.