Letter: Guillaume’s False Start

As reported in the recent Town-Crier, Byrnes Guillaume’s “feelings” regarding the Town of Loxahatchee Groves needing more transparency and higher ethical standards, and his negative comments regarding opposition candidate Ryan Liang (attributed simply to “others”) are no way to begin a constructive and consensus-building campaign. These were unsubstantiated public criticisms from a town council candidate who has had no meaningful participation in the town’s formation, in resolving the town’s growing pains with prior managers, and in overcoming Callery-Judge’s lawsuit challenge to full town status and operation. Byrnes Guillaume’s unfortunate public comments also reflect poorly on his candidate platform of listening to all sides, issue research, balanced views and consensus building.

I had a brief discussion with Byrnes Guillaume during his meet-and-greet on Saturday and suggested that if he believes the Town-Crier misinterpreted his feelings and that he did not intend to spread any unsubstantiated negative comments regarding his opponent — that he should work with the Town-Crier to make necessary public corrections. This would be appropriate since Byrnes asserts that he is an ethical attorney who is not about running a negative campaign. There was no answer other than I am entitled to my opinion.

I am a supporter of re-electing Ryan Liang based on his experience and understanding of town issues and his constructive voting record to improve Loxahatchee Groves… Through the current council, Loxahatchee Groves has made demonstrable progress, and Ryan has been a significant participant in the hard work and decisions. I also believe that the town will benefit as more residents with the background and expressed interest of Byrnes Guillaume become involved as members of the town’s working committees and, additionally, when they attend and constructively participate in issue workshops and regular town meetings. This is where Byrnes Guillaume should start.

John Ryan, Loxahatchee Groves

Editor’s note: Mr. Ryan is a Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District supervisor. This letter reflects his personal opinion.