Santa Maria Sun / Letter To The Editor
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 45
Consider all the factors when filling a council seatSanta Maria
The right to vote for our elected officials is an important part of our Democracy. Although the participation in elections is disgraceful, it still plays an important part in upholding our Constitution.
In regard to the last Santa Maria City Council election, if Councilman Cordero won the mayor’s seat, Alice Patino would have retained her council seat and there would be no need to fill a vacancy.
Mr. Cordero provided an experienced choice for the mayor’s seat. Alice would still be on the City Council if she lost, and Cordero did not have this option. I am sure Mr. Cordero knew the risk of losing, however this should not bar him from being a candidate for the council vacancy.
Ms. Waterfield represents the influential special interests in our community, while Mr. Cordero’s record indicates he represents a different constituency. These are political realities, which I accept. The people of Santa Maria should have the right to vote for the candidate that most represents their interest.
A two-year appointment equates to at least four more years as an incumbent. The people should consider all the factors, besides cost, convenience, or even a close third place.
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