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Editorial: November 7th Can’t Come Soon Enough

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Editorial: Nov. 7th Can’t Come Soon Enough

Sometimes you have the inkling as to who will come out victorious in an election. This year it wouldn’t surprise me if an underdog placed. I remember in 2010 when a lot of people I talked to said that Joel Pabon didn’t stand a chance to get in. It turned out that he was the top vote-getter with a substantial lead.

At that time, there were three vacant seats for Council since Peter Jimenez, Geri Bolanowski and Bob Sottilaro chose not to seek re-election that year. Two Candidates who were neck to neck for the third spot. It wasn’t until all the votes were tallied (machine, absentee and provisional)  that the winner of the third spot was determined.

There have been a lot of contentious statements, letters and correspondence and accusations that have been hurled. This is why I will be very happy when the election results are official.

I know that the candidates that are running together believe that they must all be victorious together to move the City forward.

What happens if the ticket is splintered? You’ll have to  learn to work with those who you may have battled with while campaigning.

Those who supported you in the past did so based on promises that you made.

When those supporters felt  that you did not live up to those promises or that you went astray, they may have turned against you. Sometimes you have to give them credit. Let’s face it – some people will follow you to the ends of the earth, even though they know you may be wrong.

We are both strong believers in term limits.

The longer you spend time in office you may find that there may be a temptation to compromise your principles in order to get a job done.

There are back room deals in all professions — not just politics. Sometimes those back room deals get leaked out and the public gets wind of them.

There’s a saying from the American Indians: “Don’t judge a man until you walk a mile in his moccasins.”

It’s easy for a candidate to criticize someone in office until that candidate is elected themselves. Then they may see that it’s not as easy as they  thought it would be.

My prediction is that it’s going to be a squeaker! But I could be wrong. I just hope that November 7th will be the day that the dust will be settled and there’s clear winners. Let’s hope it’s not longer than that. I think we all need a breather. So place your bets! The Race is on! Will it be a photo finish?

C.M. & K.M.

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