Friday, October 24, 2008

Smart Growth VS Smart Growth

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to meet both Carolyn Mason and Jono Miller at the Sarasota Association of Realtors Annual Meeting where they and John Mullarky were invited to join a panel interview by Laura Benson before all of our members.

Personally, I was impressed with the opinions and approaches of Carolyn Mason and Jono Miller because, I must admit in case you don't know me, I'm a firm supporter of both 1) actions to support and keep the working/middle class in Sarasota and 2) making sure Sarasota keeps its reputation for being one of the best LITTLE cities to work and play. Regarding John Mullarkey, I think the name of his boat is funny--that's about it. And he's Irish(ish).

I still don't know which way I'll vote but I did think Doug Sword's article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune today did a pretty good job of summarizing the positions of the candidates. Read below.

"At first blush, it is a straightforward contest, a pro-business Republican running against an environmentalist Democrat for an open seat on the County Commission.

"But the obvious comparisons end there.

"Carolyn Mason, a former Democrat turned Republican, is a widowed mother of three who worked her family's way out of public housing, bought a house and eventually became Sarasota's mayor. She would also be the first black to win a seat on the County Commission in its 87-year history.

"Jono Miller is the head of New College's environmental studies program and has long been a favorite of slow-growth and neighborhood activists. But he seems to have convinced much of the business community that he would not be a slam-dunk vote against growth if he gets on the commission."

For the full article, click here:

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