A conflict of interest

Joni Fearing - Portsmouth

Dear Editor,

On January 20, 2017, a group of about 30 people met at the Port City Pub for a meeting to discuss the newly sworn in administration and the political climate of Washington, DC, and how these developments might affect our area. That night, the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement, (SOPM) was formed. Excited about becoming involved, I volunteered to join the Acting Steering Committee. SOPM hosted an open forum, which was held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the Scioto County Welcome Center (Demanding a new path, the Southern Ohio Progressive Movement forms, February 12, 2017). There was much enthusiasm. However, after much input from the other Steering Committee members about proposed plans to endorse political candidates, SOPM is potentially moving in a direction that could be in conflict with my current role as a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Portsmouth/Scioto County, which is nonpartisan. As I have been a long-time member of the League, I feel my contribution to the greater good of the community and to public policy is better served through League membership and service. For this reason, I felt it necessary to publicly resign from the Acting Steering Committee of SOPM and to withdraw my support. I’ve met many wonderful people through this process and I wish them well. As always, I will continue to search for new opportunities to serve in ways that will benefit my hometown of Portsmouth and the surrounding area.


Joni Fearing