SANFORD CITY COUNCIL: It's Dolan versus Post for at-large seat

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 05:02 AM

With early voting for the municipal election beginning this week, both Sanford City Council at-large district candidates are rallying the public for support.

Local attorney Norman "Chas" Post III, who beat out incumbent L.I. "Poly" Cohen in the Democratic primary, will face Max Dolan, who defeated Keith Clark in the Republican primary.

Dolan, a Veterans Affairs benefits briefer, said he's been attending neighborhood events and shaking hands with as many people as possible before the election on Nov. 5.

"I'm growing bolder over time and stating my opinion," he said, adding that his interest in world and national events will help shape his time on the council if he is elected.

His age and background set him apart from Post, Dolan said.

"I've had a broader experience, and probably a deeper world view based on where I have been, and the other cultures and other environments I have experienced," he said.

If elected, Dolan said one area he'd like to focus on is revitalization on downtown, including hosting a weekly or monthly bazaar to draw people into the shops and restaurants.

Post, a local attorney, said he and his team of volunteers are continuing to knock on doors and will begin to increase direct mailers and robocalls to voters.

"There has been an issue that has come to our attention," Post said. "Some people think they've already voted and don't need to vote again, or don't realize the election is coming up. ... We want people to exercise their right to vote, and local politics are the backbone of our democracy."

The candidate has campaigned on a platform of getting more people to work, spurring economic development and revitalization in downtown Sanford and supporting fire and police.  Post said he likes Dolan but feels he doesn't have the right agenda to move Sanford in a positive direction.

Early voting, including one-stop voting, is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 1 and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Lee County Board of Elections office, located at 225 S. Steele St.