EDITORIAL: It’s time for governing bodies to move forward

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The newly partisan election for the governing body of Sanford is over, so now it’s time to see whether partisan politics will be put aside, and whether the office-holders on the council can get down to the business of doing what’s best for the city.

In Tuesday’s election, Chet Mann and Ward 3 councilman James “J.D.” Williams both faced opposition in the primaries but ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election. Chas Post and Sam Gaskins won their respective City Council at-large and Ward 1 elections.

In Broadway, incumbents Thomas Beal, Woody Beale and Jim Davis, along with newcomer Janet Harrington, were elected without opposition. The town’s voters passed three of four alcohol-related referendum items.

So the stage has been set. Mann said that after knocking on more than 1,000 doors, residents voiced that it was time for a change. “...They want to move forward in a positive way,” Mann said, noting that he will continue to focus on job growth, revitalization and restoring the city’s competitive advantage.

What voters truly want are not people who are concerned with a political label, but rather people who truly are concerned about the future of Sanford and Broadway — and its residents.

It’s time for our respective political bodies, whether they be Sanford city or Broadway town councils, or Lee County Board of Commissioners, to work harder at coming together. We know we’ve preached this message before, as have many others. And we know that it’s easier said than done, especially when there are conflicting political ideologies.

But there is one tenet which we can agree. We call Sanford, Broadway and Lee County our home — and we must share our home with people of all ideas. Yet we can work together to make this the best home that it can be.

We congratulate all of those candidates who sought public office and thank them for their willingness to serve. We also wish the very best for our newly elected officials in their public service efforts.