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Sanibel harmony

By Staff | Feb 25, 2015

To the editor:

We have a city council election on March 3 wherein we have three candidates vying for two council seats. It is critical that we have candidates who have the political experience and possess a style that can have differences on political issues but they can be resolved without rancor or animosity. If this can be reached by a sitting council, you are well on your way to an effective session and the real winner is the city of Sanibel and the residents.

Before I involuntarily became old, I was very involved in council elections and island issues. I also was a regular attendee at council meetings for 15 years or more. Not too long ago, we had some Sanibel city councils who disliked one another and thus, issues were sometimes resolved and bills passed based on emotion and personality rather than the facts surrounding the issue. In past years, too many issues were decided by an angry 3 to 2 vote. The last five years has been almost perfect harmony. There certainly has been differences on issues, as there should be, but issues are resolved without rancor but civil discussions brings about compromise and resolution. The winner in this approach is the city of Sanibel.

Let us be certain to keep this harmony continuing for the next four years by electing those candidates who have political experience and the know how.

This is why I am voting for Chauncey Goss who has impressive Washington, DC., experience and a vast array of political contacts. He has extensive financial experience as a result of working in Congressman Paul Ryan’s office. I will also vote for returning Jim Jennings to the city council for another four-year term Jim has been a valuable team player with a large number of political contacts in both Lee County and Tallahassee plus twelve years of working on our city council.

Please talk to your friends about the March 3 election and urge them to be sure they get out to vote or secure an absentee ballot.

Tom Gilhooley