This being McElroy’s first foray into state legislature he says it has been a good experience, even as the negative ads begin to pile up.
“It’s been a wonderful experience… I’ve met people that there’s no way I would have ever been able to meet. I learned a lot about myself, I’ve learned a lot about organizations, and how to get grassroots people in different towns.”
As far as the negative ads go, McElroy says they are something that he knew were going to come.
“This certainly wasn’t the year that I thought this was going to stop. The part of the election process that gets me is that you can put out false information, get called on it, and still continue to do it.”
In addition to being called on his policies by Manar, McElroy has also been accused by his opponent of speaking negatively about his family values. McElroy has since denied doing so, saying, “There wasn’t anything said, there never has been anything derogatory said about him or his family. This is just a typical way for him to deflect attention off of himself and put it on me.”
Putting personal differences aside, McElroy says he wants to continue to run his campaign in a positive manner and focus on what the voters of the 48th district want and need.
“Somewhere, somehow, the politicians have got to come back to the point that this is a noble profession. We need to be professional, we need to be looked at someone who can carry a message and bring a message home.”
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