Here we go again? The campaign is in full swing for the Wellington Village Council, and I have been bombarded with phone calls, mailings and door hangers asking for my vote for the two challengers in the upcoming election. These operatives said they are being paid to do this and don’t live in Wellington. However, I have not had either candidate approach me once. The numerous mailers have come from Tallahassee and are not paid for by the candidates.
I had been hopeful that after the last election, where hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent by a special interest, that this would not be repeated. But it appears that we are being subjected to the same tactics. Being active in one’s affiliated party should not qualify a candidate for office. Being active in the village issues by attending council meetings and serving on numerous committees should be a requirement.
I suppose I was hoping that a local resident would run for office because of a desire to serve, but more importantly by having support and encouragement from the community that has witnessed their past involvement and commitment to the village.
A candidate should also be willing and able to tell voters why they should support them and show a track record of some sort. Newcomers should be more willing to make a case for their election over an experienced incumbent. By refusing to attend the traditional televised candidate forum, we voters are left with unanswered questions. If the residents don’t require more of our candidates, then we deserve what we get.
Gaye Scarpa, Wellington