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Politics begin at local level

By Staff | Feb 16, 2021

To the editor:

It’s been said that all politics begin at the local level and that could not be more true with the upcoming Sanibel City Council election. Six candidates are vying for your vote and the opportunity to represent the interests of Sanibel taxpayers.

I do not intend to discuss the merits of or endorse any particular candidate. There are plenty of people willing to do that — including the candidates themselves. What I am going to do is remind every Sanibel resident of several important things.

– Vote! Get out there on Election Day and vote. It is your civic duty and a privilege we still have and that many people around the world do not. Hopefully everyone who is eligible to vote is registered to vote. The deadline to register for this election was Feb. 1.

– Do your own due diligence. Yes, read what the candidates have to say, not only about themselves and their qualifications, but also about what they intend to do if elected. And then go find out what they have actually done that is germane to representing a constituency. Google or DuckDuckGo is your friend.

– Dig deeper. What are their values? What are their beliefs? Do those reflect yours? What is their political philosophy? Does that mesh with your own? Are they honest, trustworthy and true? Can they be counted on to do what is best for the residents of Sanibel and not special interest groups or those who are neither taxpayers nor citizens?

There will be five people making decisions for 7,400 residents. It is your responsibility to assure you are represented the way you want. Do not make that decision lightly.

On March 2, get to the polls and vote!

Susan Wener