To the editor:

Mr. Houseman recently claimed [in statements in the Voters Guide published in the Sandy Springs Reporter dated June 10-June 23] that I have conflicts of interest in running for District 3 because I own a development company.  This is a categorically false statement and is indicative of the misinformation that has been put forth by the Houseman campaign and its supporters.

Chris Burnett

Here are the facts.  My wife and I own two small buildings that we lease out to help put our children through college.  These buildings are owned by an entity that has “construction” in the title because my father picked that name many years ago.  In no way whatsoever are we or this company involved in the development or construction industry….period.

I have no conflicts of interest in performing my duties as our next City Councilman…..period.  This is simply a smoke screen to deflect attention away from my opponent’s inexperience and his absence of historical community involvement.

My campaign has consistently focused on the depth of my experience in matters that are crucial in managing our city and on my years of volunteer service to our city.

Those who have attended debates have clearly witnessed the differences between the two of us.   I have and will continue to run an honorable campaign that focuses on my abilities and experience to represent our district with the greatest level of integrity and competence and I will not compromise my values just to win this race.  I encourage my opponent to do the same.

Chris Burnett

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.