We are always interested to see new candidates step up to the plate to serve their communities. Those of us that are more seasoned in this process understand that to do so requires dedication and lots of time. The time commitment includes carefully studying the issues and the history of the city to understand where we are today. It means serving the community through the many non-profit organizations or commissions that are the cornerstones on the community to gain some experience in these working relationships and knowledge of the community needs. It means actually attending the meetings of the office that you are running for so you know what is happening on a week by week basis.
In this election, I am voting for Mark Lanza. His challenger is not ready to assume public office. I am not aware of the challenger actually doing any of the things I noted above. While we need new ideas, what we do not need are ideas, parroted from a small anti-city minority, put forth by a new-comer who has apparently not participated in any of the many opportunities to serve our community. Unlike Mark Lanza, who attended most all meetings the year he ran for office the first time, his challenger has attended one meeting I am aware of.
I have disagreed with Mark Lanza many times over the last eight years. However, I never had any doubt that Mark had anything other than our community’s best interests at heart. Council member’s backgrounds vary, giving us different takes on how solutions might evolve to make our city better. Our personalities might cause us to react different publicly. I do know that in Mark’s case, they are his own informed opinions, not the repeated quotes of others. I encourage the challenger to get involved in one of the many opportunities to serve our city and really learn about the great opportunities that lie before us. Before one starts casting stones at a dedicated citizen like Mark, one should know what they are talking about first.
Please join me in voting for Mark Lanza!
Wayne L. Snoey
Covington City Council