Four declare candidacy on first day

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 06:19 PM

By the time Friday had ended — the first day candidates could file for the November municipal elections in Sanford and Broadway — four prospective public servants had entered the political fray.

Filing continues for the next two weeks at the Lee County Board of Elections office, located at 225 S. Steele St., and will end at noon on July 19.

Broadway Commissioner Thomas “Tommy” Beal intends to stay on the town board for another four years while Commissioner Garland “Woody” Beale is looking to fill the unexpired term of the late Commissioner Clem Welch, who died in May. Broadway resident Betty Sauls signed up to seek a four-year term, and the sole Sanford candidate to file Friday was Chas Post for the Council Member at Large seat, now held by L.I. “Poly” Cohen.

Sauls, former president of the National Secretary Association, said she could contribute to the Broadway Board of Commissioners through her problem-solving attitude.

“I am a person who believes in getting things done,” she said. “I don’t believe in suggestions that may be good, but are not followed through on. I believe in taking care of a situation.”

A registered Democrat, Sauls has lived in Lee County her entire life and moved to Broadway after her husband’s death.

With a change in the sales tax distribution method — resulting in a net loss of $100,000 for the town — Sauls said she’s interested in helping Broadway move forward after losing that revenue.

“Our town board has been very careful to keep from raising taxes, and I think that by working together we will be able to do what needs to be done,” she said.Beal, a 20-year veteran on the town board, said he hopes to remain in office because he’s “not one to run away from a fight.”

“I’ve enjoyed my time with Broadway,” he said. “You do your best to help people. You see people, and they start to ask you questions on the street. And, when you answer them, it may not be the answer they were hoping for, but they appreciate you getting back to them.”

Beale wasn’t physically at the local elections office — he was on a family vacation — but he submitted his election paperwork via a neighbor, Marty Stevens.

Post, a local attorney, announced his intent to seek office earlier this month and said he intends to focus on economic development, revitalization in downtown Sanford and support for law enforcement.

“I filed for the at-large seat on the Sanford City Council (Friday) because I’m committed to bringing fresh leadership and fresh ideas to our community,” Post wrote in a news release. “I look forward to a campaign that’s about revitalizing, refreshing and renewing the things that make Sanford great.”