Fuller has proven passion in serving as Shelby highway leader

Posted 4 November 2019 at 6:54 am


I am writing this letter to encourage voters to be mindful of their vote Tuesday for Shelby highway superintendent. My father, Mike Fuller, is running for re-election. He is not a born politician, just your average Joe with an unmatched work ethic.

He refuses to run his campaign with anything but his qualifications. This election season has been by far the most disheartening. Politics is a tough business, a lot of elbow grease is needed. But my father’s passion for his job and commitment to his community makes it all worth it.

I am writing to clarify some mis-truths that have come to my attention. I would first like to address the opponents’ mailer that recently went out. It states that “It is common sense: there is no politician that should ever be in office for 44 years!”

If Mr. Root or his funders had taken the time and effort to get the facts, they would know that Mike Fuller has only been in office for 14 years with 44 years of experience. Saying 44 years is too long to be doing something you love is like saying Mr. Root is unqualified to run his farm.

The next point to address that the opponent is running on is “Repairing a fractured relationship with the town board.” What has been left unsaid, for the voters to figure out on their own is why are they calling it a fractured relationship? While my father continues to work with the town board, he refuses to be a “yes man.”

He will not be bullied. He continues to put the taxpayers and highway department’s interests first whether it is the popular opinion or not. Being community oriented, standing your ground and doing the right thing is called being a leader. I think we all can agree the last thing this community needs is another yes man.

Mike Fuller is still the right man for the job. I’ve seen first hand, his commitment to this position and the taxpayers. He consistently goes above and beyond, often going in on Sundays to catch up on mowing cemeteries or to do paperwork because he has been out in the trenches with the guys all week. During the winter you will often see his truck there in the early hours loading the sanders to get the guys out on the roads quicker, all of which save overtime costs that come out of the taxpayer’s pocket.

“A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them.” – M.D. Arnold

I am asking you to be an informed voter. Please don’t be blinded by flashy signs and thousands of dollars’ worth of ads.

I think we all can agree how lucky we are to live in a country where we have the right to vote. If you ever thought your vote doesn’t matter, trust me it does. It matters to me. It matters to my dad. It matters to my family. It will matter at 3 a.m. in the middle of a snow storm. I encourage you to vote for what separates Mike Fuller from his opponent.


Katie Crooks