I'd like to offer a few observations and opinions about the upcoming City Council election. My thoughts are based on my experience writing about the Council and city issues during my tenure several years ago as a reporter for Mountain Xpress.
During that time I was continually amazed by the level of passion displayed by the public on the controversial issues of the day. Back then the hot-button issues were the Water Agreement, I-26, development guidelines, the Civic Center … you know, the stuff we still talk about but never seem to resolve. But despite the public's penchant for passionate rhetoric, it dumbfounds me every two years when so few bother to cast a vote in the Council election — an election determining the leadership of the level of government that most directly impacts our lives. Opinions and complaints, it seems, are easier to cast than ballots.
I urge you to vote this year. The aforementioned issues still dog us, and nipping at their heels are a recession, unemployment and the pressing need for cities to push for sustainable, environmentally responsible policies. For mayor I'm voting to reelect Terry Bellamy. Backed by a progressive Council, I believe she will be able to move this city forward. To help give her that progressive Council, I'm voting for Cecil Bothwell, Gordon Smith and Esther Manheimer. At candidate forums, all three have provided concrete solutions to complex problems, solutions grounded in progressive ideals. Weighing heavily on my decision was Robin Cape's write-in campaign. She has served her city well, but politics is a combination of idealism and pragmatism. Cape's record is commendable, but her candidacy is not viable. I must move forward and support candidates that represent our best chance of moving this city in the right direction.
— Brian Sarzynski