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This is Losing?
It was a smart political move for Lita Handy-Peters (LHP) and Mike Brady to switch political parties earlier in the year – right as they filed to run for office.
In an editorial prior to the election, I wrote that Democrats were endangered species – that has played out on all political levels – including DeBary. I was wrong on just about everything else – hopeful – but wrong.
Ashleigh Hart was also offered to switch parties to get help on the Republican mailer – she couldn’t bring herself to do it. Integrity. In the classroom, the teacher always gives us the lesson first and then the test. But in real life, we always get the tests first – and then the lesson. Being offered the deal of switching political parties to further advance your own personal agenda was the test – Ashleigh passed with flying colors.
Conservative Republicans – like LHP and Mr. Brady – were swept into office and we will see how they govern. Although at this point, what difference does it make? To quote Bush, another Republican, “Mission Accomplished”.
So switching parties was a good first move. A free mailer telling Republicans to vote for other fellow Republicans including LHP and Mr. Brady.
And then the second part: get your friends, like Alan Gochal from the DeBary Diner, to send out a flyer that is the nastiest I’ve ever seen that attempts to smear Mr. Kinsella, his wife and brings his kids into the fray. Call Mark Harper – get the newspapers to report on it. Mission Accomplished!
So, to win, blur lines in the City of DeBary to get the Volunteer Fireman’s Association to do something they have not done in over 60 years: endorse a candidate for one reason only: self-preservation. Candidates shouldn’t run on just one issue, but it’s ok to support a candidate based solely on one issue and not how that person or people will decide the scores of other issues facing the City. In addition, somehow illegal signs down at Dirksen and 17/92 remain while Kinsella’s legal signs are taken. Lastly, change political parties to get with the “In group” and a free mailer to fellow Republicans. Smear your opponent and his family on issues that have nothing to do with governing.
If this is winning – losing never looked so good: Integrity and a good night’s sleep.
The Good News – because it can’t all be negative: with the 3 citizens recently voted in, taxes should stay the same. Two conservative Republicans were just elected. Clint Johnson will never raise taxes. Except that all three have also promised “quality of life events” and investments in “Parks and Rec”. With LHP and Mr. Brady we will have conservative budgeting – needs not wants. But we will have events and quality of life investments. “Having it all” is a concept I left behind at age 5.
Moreover, these three individuals were following the budget talks this past summer. The City Manager made it clear the challenges we face with infrastructure and stormwater needs. That’s why CM Dywer offered the first gambit of cutting wants over needs to fund stormwater – denied. But, Mr. Brady and LHP both ran on a conservative platform with conservative financial budgeting – we will see. They knew the outlook as did others who paid attention. Our newest elected leaders are aware of the issues going forward and still campaigned on conservative ideals.
Also, this line of “keeping the lowest mil rate” is getting tiresome from all quarters. Every Council member who has ever served – even if only for a year – can claim “lowest mil rate”. It’s not an accomplishment – it’s called having a power plant in your city.
Lastly, has anyone checked on Nick Koval? Last year and this year 3 incumbents ran for re-election: Chris Carson, LHP, and Nick. All three have the same voting record. The same spending record. The same. In other words: no difference. But Nick Koval was overwhelmingly defeated with 60% percent of the votes against him – the other two individuals, with the same voting record, were brought back for more action.
Given these facts from the past two elections- from the 11th Edition of Merriam Webster’s Dictionary:
Capricious: given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.
Arbitrary: based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
Registered Voters in DeBary: *see capricious and arbitrary.
**In other news: On November 13th at 7PM, Nick Koval is suggesting that a Community Garden be built on Pine Valley Ct in Glen Abbey - this is on the Economic Development Advisory Committee - what does building a park have to do with economic development? I'm sure some wonk has an answer: connectivity. Quality of life. Glen Abbey is where Carson and Koval live - where the new park was built for over 100k and half-court basketball court is being built for 15K. No word yet on the cost of the park that Nick is proposing. And how is your neighborhood doing? Elections are not over on election day...it's actually just the beginning.