110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Aug 10, 2012 - 10:28:06am
Editor, The Beacon:
I am sure many West Volusians received a postcard from Ted Doran stating “West Volusia needs a strong leader.” The postcard goes on to state that West Volusia has been neglected, that every voice counts, not just those east of Interstate 95, and that Doran will work hard because this is “our” home, too.
When did Ted Doran become a part of West Volusia? He lives and works east of I-95. You can’t count coming to monthly School Board meetings as being part of a community, and why demean the place you live and work?
West Volusians are underrated smart people and we can spot a wolf in sheep clothing a mile away. We know the difference between a true public servant and someone who just wants to win for the sake of winning.
Over the past eight years, the County of Volusia, its cities and the School Board have worked well together, and are moving light-years ahead of other counties that do not have this kind of relationship. This has happened because of the leadership we have on our County Council, city councils and commissions, and the School Board.
We are fortunate to have consensus-builders lead the way. They know that no one person can accomplish anything, but by working together much can happen. They are not perfect, nor do they do what everyone wants, but their hearts are in the right place and, overall, they all do a great job.
As far as the “power-brokers” mentioned on the postcard, those evil people from the east of I-95 are the same who employ a great deal of people all over Volusia, and bring money into the county that benefits many businesses on both sides of the county. They are also extremely generous to the needs of even the weakest in Volusia.
Everyone knows that on a seven-member council, it will take four votes to pass any item. Therefore, “buying” the chair just does not make sense. They need three more votes. It must be just the information they wanted to share so we are informed voters.
I have had the privilege to work closely with Carl Persis over many years. He is a gentleman who knows how to build consensus. He is a team player who realizes, as a public servant, he is not wearing a Superman costume pretending to change everything on his own.
The Volusia County chair should be an individual who has impeccable character, a love for the county and its cities, is a protector of home rule, and cares deeply about the future of both sides of our county.
The only one fitting these criteria is Carl Persis.
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