I agree that hiring the current economic developer was a political hire and a mistake. However, I'll give this kid a chance to see what he can do . If he doesn't bring in more business within his first year, Ed will need to remove him.
You're in Art's camp so maybe you can answer the question that keeps coming up about Art not paying his property taxes. It's east to verify so please explain it. He makes $15,000 a year as a county board member so I'm pretty sure he can pay the taxes on his home out of that money.
If you can't answer this and clear it up, your campaign is going to take some major hits over it.