A few years ago, I signed up for emails from the city of Marco Island. I regularly receive public meeting notices and minutes, important safety information and general items of interest to the community. The emails are both helpful and informative.
On Oct. 9, I was surprised to receive an email with the following title: “Op/Ed piece by Frank R. Recker, City Councilman and Candidate for Re-election: Smoke and Mirrors.”
The email went on to describe our city and the city employees in a favorable way, an opinion that I share. However, it was a campaign piece, opposing the opinions of certain candidates who were unnamed, but who can be readily identified to anyone paying attention to the current city election candidates. For example, a direct quote from the letter: “Since Election Day quickly approaches, we have recently heard several cries of civic distress from certain candidates for City Council. I would suggest that before we ask our voters to respond to this purported emergency, we look for any sign of the fire, which they claim exists.”
I seriously object to the use of city resources for campaigning. I replied to the email immediately with my concern, but have not received a reply. (I have, however, noticed that the page on the city website has been removed.) Had I received a response to my email, with an acknowledgement of an error, I would not be writing this letter to the editor.
Let me be clear that this letter in no way implies who I will be voting for. I am still very much undecided. I would appreciate someone in city government putting in controls to make sure that no candidate for office is allowed to use city resources for their campaign effort.