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Here's one Marco voter's opinion on the council candidates: 1.Ken Honecker - DEFINITELY YES - Ken needs no introduction to those who follow our local politics. Volunteering and serving in various committees, I’ve watched him engage the council in the best interests of the residential community whenever those interests were being ignored or compromised. Ken Honecker is a natural “People’s Choice”.2. Amadeo Petricca – DEFINITELY YES. Here again, Amadeo should need no introduction. A bona fide “numbers man”, full-time resident Amadeo Petricca has faithfully tracked, examined and challenged the money trails that city councils and special interests create. He’s the man you want on your side of any audit.3. Larry Sacher – DEFINITELY YES. Mr. Sacher earned my respect (and my vote), when he, with one other Marco Islander, created the Marco Island Property Owners group, (MIPO). This group advocates for the best interests of all Marco Island property owners. You may have read recent newspaper articles indicating that local political activist John Arceri does not want Mr. Sacher elected to city council. That alone is a wonderful recommendation for Mr. Larry Sacher.4. Duane Thomas – UNKNOWN. A late-comer to this race, and relatively unknown to me, Mr. Thomas will bear watching by all Islanders as the campaign season unfolds, especially during the scheduled public forums. At least, unlike candidates Honig,Recker, Meyer,and Gibson, Mr. Thomas doesn’t seem to belong to Marco's “good ol’ boys’”club.
Some readers may not know that the voting record of each councilor since 2008 is finally available to you on the city’s website at www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=409. There you’ll get a fair idea of what the above incumbents have been doing since you elected them in 2008. One more thing: IF ANY GROUP OR CANDIDATE EVER ASKS YOU TO LEAVE A PART OF YOUR BALLOT BLANK, (IT’S CALLED “BULLET BALLOTING”), YOU ARE ACTUALLY BEING ASKED TO GIVE UP YOUR BASIC AMERICAN RIGHT TO EXPRESS AN HONEST POLITICAL OPINION. Judge such shameful requests, and its requester, accordingly. Russ Colombo
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