Here are a few random thoughts on the candidates running for election on November 21.
John Moye; A very nice young man and the best head of hair in the race. He will win a seat on Tuesday. In fact, had he announced that his wife was pregnant (I don’t know if she is or not), he would have won on Nov 7. Voters love babies and you can take that to the bank!
Jonathan Gandolfo: This cat came out of nowhere to finish 5th in the voting on Nov 7. He apparently is a successful businessman who now has some legal issues with the city, regarding the cutting down of trees. Unfortunately, since this is in litigation, the voters do not know the whole story. Is he running because he is pissed off at the city? Only he can answer that question.
No other candidate other than Jimmy Carroll has spent the the kind of money Gandolfo has in this race. It is easily over $10k which is unheard of on the IOP. A postcard arrived today noting the voting record of Ryan Buckhannon. Many view this as “going negative” which, in my opinion, is absurd. The postcard is factually accurate and there is no name calling. Any current or prior incumbent must be accountable for their voting record. While some will argue that a millage increase is not a tax increase but the overall collection of taxes does not go up, some individuals’ taxes do go up. To them it is certainly a tax increase.
The tree cutting incident has been covered in the Post and Courier and on Facebook. Most who have read the details have already declared him guilty and probably will not vote for him. How many people does this apply to? We will find out Tuesday. If most people are aware of this incident, he is probably toast.
One thing I can say about Gandolfo is this: he has resolve and perseverance. More than any other candidate.
Ryan Buckhannon: Where to start? Well, look at his campaign announcement. In this essay he uses the word “I” 20 times! To read it you would think he is a one man legislating machine. He single-handedly drove major legislation and the 8 other members on council were superfluous.
And just what was his stance on the marina referendum? Here is his answer in the October 13 issue of the Island Eye News: