The two parties in the city election are not Republican versus Democrat. They are the "good ole boys" (GOBs) versus the newcomers.
A newcomer is basically anyone not born in Bonita Springs. Some (very few) not born in Bonita may become members of the GOBs if they manage to get in on the inside deals that the GOBs conduct with each other. Any "newcomer" ideas are rejected out of hand. The GOBs work hard to keep the public in the dark about city matters.
Unfortunately, the GOBs are in it for themselves and their buddies. Mindless development is their motto. The Bonita Springs Fire Department and Bonita Springs Utilities are two examples of what the GOBs have wrought upon us in Bonita.
Conversely, it is the newcomers who are fighting for good, honest and open government. Many of them are retirees; some are telecommuters.
Private communities consisting mostly of "newcomers" have 65 percent of the city population and pay about 80 percent of city taxes, while getting only 20 of city services. The "newcomers" are now a great majority in numbers and in education and certainly deserve a term in leadership.
This is what is going on in this mayoral election.
Mayor Ben Nelson has been on Council for 12 long years with dubious accomplishments. His ideas are tired and bankrupt. He is a divisive figure unable to listen to others' ideas and visions.
It's time for a change. Vote for new ideas. Vote for honest and effective government. Vote for Dave Grothaus.