The “Year of the Woman” and Single Issue Voting


Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2014 7:13 AM
Subject: The “Year of the Woman” and Single Issue Voting
As a woman who wants to see all women do well on merit, it has been interesting to observe how many female candidates won primaries outright or forced male incumbents into runoffs.  Many of these men seem to have had excellent records during their years in office or on the bench.  Effective respected jurists and councilmen with “on record” rulings or votes: a judge truly “tough on crime”, a councilman for open honest transparent government, lower taxes, against government giveaways, etc.  And frankly, men, who at least on paper, seem to far better qualified in terms of education, employment histories, administrative experience, etc. than their opponents. Yet they lost outright or at least lost on the initial go ’round.  So what is going on here?
Seems like we may be experiencing a reactionary trend of “I am voting for women no matter what” or I am voting on a single issue, “beach driving”, or “throw the bums out”, etc.  This kind of thinking could lead to some serious unintended consequences for all of us as voters.
It seems sensible to me that the best question for me to ask myself is how did they vote or how would they vote on issues that are important to me? Did they vote the way I would have voted?  Look at their list of contributors.  Are they local folks? I do not like outside money in my local races. What is the motive of that outside contributor?  Are they developers?  Is one of them a sitting mayor who will benefit in his agenda from having a like minded person up on that dais with him? Makes sense to me that candidates are gonna “dance with the ones that brung ’em”.  Have they taken or will they take specific positions on tough questions before their respective municipal councils? If not, why not?  Are they listed on the Volusia County Property Appraisers website as homeowners? A quick check will tell you that.  If I cannot answer these questions with some fact based data, then I better do some more digging.
Another pet peeve.  Have they hired a political consultant? Image creation or manipulation in these small local elections seems suspect.   I, as a woman who supports women, do not want to be “worked” on my own natural biases.  Sonya Laney, candidate for Port Orange’s District I, has already spent $14,832 at Lord and Laskey, political consultants from Ormond Beach.  She has received the maximum donation of $1000 from Buddy LaCour whose Riverwalk project stands to benefit mightily from her future votes on council should she be elected.  She received $498 from Mayor Allen Green and Allen Green Construction.  She is paying people to hold signs. Not all live in Port Orange.  She has received huge donations from individuals/businesses outside of Port Orange.  Her “cost per vote” is really up there relative to the rest of the candidates running. Wonder how she plans to recoup her and their “return on investment”?  She looks like the “machine candidate” to me.  Same deal with Larry McKinney. He is a renter in Ashton Lakes.  Lots of donations from businesses and individuals not in Port Orange or even Volusia County.   Serious special interests involved here.  Hardly “new brooms sweeping clean”. 
If I vote on one issue strictly: gender, race, incumbency, “beach driving”, or I am “throwing the bums out no matter what”, etc. then I could be in for some very nasty surprises when I get to observe that person in action, either as a jurist or council person, etc. up on a dais somewhere making decisions that affect me directly.  So, to Port Orange and other municipalities, I would say “Caveat Emptor”.  
That brand new man or woman could turn out to be just another “Good Old Boy” once in office.

12 Opinions on “The “Year of the Woman” and Single Issue Voting

  1. A vote for Laney is an invitation to Port Orange citizens to put more of their hard earned money into the pockets of developer LaCour and Mayor Green.

  2. We don’t live in Russia. People can vote the way they want. Just because you have an opinion doesn’t make it the correct opinion or the right one. Some candidates, past and present, have received “huge” donations from unions. Does that disqualify them from running? That’s legal. It is amazing how some people only look at one side of the coin, the side they see, and think everyone should think their way. Candidate Laney has hired a firm to help her campaign, so what. She is allowed to do that in America. Some candidates, past and present, have attended union schools on how to get elected and take over city councils. That does not disqualify them? They have a right to do that. Everything said here can be said of all candidates.
    What everyone needs to understand is that Port Orange will survive no matter who is elected. There are no guarantees any of the candidates will vote the way you all think they should. There are 5 individuals on the council and they vote 5-0 about 98% of the time. Relax everyone. If America could survive 8 years of George Bush and 4 years of Rick Scott in Florida, I am confident we will all eventually be OK.

    Bob Pohlmann

  3. Interesting observation from Council Meeting. Even the new interim CM is proficient in the use of an IPAD and he is some 70 years of age. But Mayor Green Jeans still uses a notebook / binder. #old school #computer illiterate #plantation mentality

  4. Protecting Your Pensions

    AFSCME pension leaders strategize against threats facing public retirement systems — and about ways to reform corporate governance.

    During his keynote address, President McEntee asked — and answered — the pertinent question before the pension board members attending the union conference: “What is our plan to protect our pension funds and increase our influence over them? To get as many AFSCME members as possible elected or appointed as fund trustees.”

    At the conference, AFSCME pension leaders outlined the following goals for 2005:
    Educate AFSCME members about retirement security.
    Elect AFSCME members to pension boards.
    Begin a training program for new pension trustees.
    Create model pension-board policies covering such concerns as privatization and democratic elections for corporat

    • Also, isn’t it part of his job to look out for the AFSCME members? What point are you trying to make with this article that is 9 years old?

      • His “job” as a city councilman is to do what is best for the citizens, all of the citizens, not just his union buddies.

  5. McEntee is not a councilman, he is the President of the AFSCME. It is not his job to represent citizens, his job is to represent AFSCME members. If he was a councilman then obviously it would be different. Still not sure what point you were trying to make about McEntee.

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