To the editor:
We once again have our bi-annual election starting Monday. Marni Sawicki has on paper the credentials to be a successful mayor given the opportunity. The incumbent mayor has made an issue of her lack of experience, but Mayor Sullivan was also a new comer to political office when he ran four years ago. Given his inability to form any meaningful consensus over the past two years I don't see much hope for improvement in the future. His only previous experience in government was as a member of the past UEP committee and even then he failed to come to any consensus with his co-members on that committee, despite his claims to being more knowledgeable than most about their scope. If we want someone who can work with others to find solutions instead of blaming others facing the sitting council then Marni Sawicki is the clear choice.
The other newcomer to political office is a young native son of Cape Coral who in his campaign through the primaries and now the real campaign has showed respect and wisdom that has been woefully lacking in District 4 the past four years. The incumbent has time after time attacked his fellow council people for imagined improprieties that have all proven baseless. His lack of respect for other elected officials and for city employees led the state firefighters organization to censure him for attacks against a proud professional group. The most recent statements by him at a televised meeting were an embarrassment for the council and the city as a whole. Without a doubt it is clearly time to bring civility and integrity back to the district four seat and elect Richard Leon to council.
Also clear to me is the need to elect James Burch for District 1's council seat, and to return Kevin McGrail to for his second term. Both have proven themselves to be hard working men of integrity with no agendas beyond what is best for all taxpayers, not just their friends.
So please get out and vote for your future!