Port Orange City Council
You have steadfastly made your ethics and qualifications the central theme of your campaign, and while I remember a recent advertising of yours alleging “ and that’s all you need to know about Sonya ” there are a couple of more answers I believe voters need to know to more properly assess your candidacy.
My questions follow in italics.
On repeated occasions you have listed the university degrees you have obtained, the courses you have taught, and of course the CPA designation you hold. What I have never heard you mention is the experience you have obtained working for national, regional or even local public accounting firms, AND often times when you speak it sounds to me like you are reciting passages from various text books.
1) What public accounting firms beyond your own have you worked for, in what capacity, and for how long.
2) What work experience do you have beyond working for your yourself and your Father.
The ABAB met monthly on 14 occasions from June 2013 prior to your resignation on August 7th 2014 Of those 14 meetings you missed 4 outright, and left early on 2 others. ( The 1st meeting when your Skype connection ended, and the 11th meeting when you announced you were leaving early ) That is an attendance record of only 71% AND if we convert those 2 early outs into one other absence you only attended 9 full meetings out of 14 for a dismal attendance record of 64% on a board dealing with material at which you purport to excel.
1) What attendance record do you have for the other City Boards on which you sit
2) What assurance can you give Port Orange residents regarding your likely attendance at Council if elected.
As you know Ivan Cosimi’s recent promotion as CEO for Stewart Marchman Healthcare prompted his resignation from the ABAB on August 22nd 2014 and in his letter of resignation he referenced his ‘new job demands’ and the ‘pleasure he experienced working with the ABAB ‘
Your letter of resignation on August 7th 2014 by contrast was self-accolading, and totally disparaging of the Board’s leadership, focus and decorum. You further disparaged members for questioning representatives of the City’s Audit firm and for their visceral attacks on the Kisela administration, AND THAT board members actions were not in line with the original concept of the ordinance.
1) Were you aware that the ABAB ordinance mandated the ABAB to advise Council on the appointment, compensation, and retention of the Auditor, and to evaluate the Auditors qualifications, performance and independence, and to review the Auditor’s annual management letter, AND IF SO why were you so un-prepared such that you did not ask any questions of the Auditor during his appearance before the ABAB
2) Notwithstanding that you felt other board members were to visceral in their attacks on the Kisela administration, did you pose any questions of a critical nature regarding the financial mismanagement of the City, as best typified by the revelation that City bank accounts were not even being reconciled, AND if so what were those questions, and what answers were you given.
3) You were critical of the ABAB not following its original concept YET I do not remember you ever putting your understanding of the intent and purpose of the ABAB in writing as I did on several occasions. IF YOU did so would you please send me a copy of those thoughts.
Conflict Of Interest
While you continually reference your ethical behavior; your acceptance of campaign contributions from Buddy Lacour, your protest that you were not conflicted because you had not acted improperly, your quiet return of those contributions, and your subsequent acceptance of even greater campaign contributions from a major insurance contractor with the City causes me to wonder if you understand that that – the presence of a COI is independent of an impropriety, AND that a COI occurs when an individual is involved in multiple interests that create a risk or perception that one’s judgment or action regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest ( such as approving a contract for an entity from which one has received a campaign contribution ) irrespective of whether that individual is actually influenced by the secondary interest.
1) Why did you return the Lacour campaign contribution if not because of a conflict of interest.
2) On what basis do the Brown & Brown campaign contributions not create a similar conflict of interest.
3) Since you are not employing the ‘potential appearance of a COI’ as your standard for accepting campaign contributions would you advise as to what standard you are employing as a candidate, and if that will be the standard you will employ if you are elected to Council.
Your prompt and candid answers to these questions will go a long way in satisfying voter concerns regarding your fitness to serve as an elected representative of the people.