Which Way, Lakewood?
In November we will select a new mayor. Your vote will set our city's course for the next four years. Will it be business as usual, or will we head down the path of integrity and transparency?
One candidate showed us she is a straight shooter by thanking voters and asking us for our input via an article that appeared in this paper a couple of weeks after she took office. Writing that she welcomed phone calls, emails, and even sitting down for coffee, Meghan George provided a refreshing alternative to the double talk and evasion that passes for communication from city hall.
The other candidate, when the "other" paper asked him in March of this year about a resident's chagrin over being ticketed for walking two dogs on retractable leashes, said "he doesn't expect City Council to discuss rescinding the dog leash ban. Instead, he feels the recent incident is just a case of the community catching up to the new law." One has to fairly wonder if he understands that his role as a councilman is to represent his constituents and listen to them.
The most recent issue of the Observer included the candidates' responses to questions. Ms. George answered the questions about the Master Agreement that closed the hospital, the need to revamp the city's website, the traffic and parking issues that come with large apartment development, and whether she would re-appoint the current law director.
The other candidate didn’t answer the questions. He repeated stock statements about his supposed work experience and beliefs instead of saying whether he voted for the Master Agreement, would revamp the city’s website, and whether he would re-appoint the current law director. Do his canned responses and actions show us that he does what he says he does and believes?
Meghan George’s actions are consistent with what she says. She's shown us she has our best interests at heart and in mind, and that we can count on her to do what she says and to do the right thing the right way. Lakewood needs Meghan George’s leadership. Please vote for her on November 5.
Bob Soltys is a photographer and former Navy officer.