Early voting has officially started and the time is now to secure the future of Florence. We need to take the time to know what the candidates are about, their track records, their dreams and hopes for our town. Florence has a rich history spanning decades and our next group of elected officials should want to bring that to the forefront.
Your candidates for Mayor are sitting Mayor Tom Rankin and sitting Vice-Mayor Tara Walter.
Let’s look at them shall we?
Below is a statement that was posted by Tara Walter via Facebook:
My name is Tara Walter and I am proud to represent the Town of Florence. I am a mother, wife, and daughter with a strong faith and work ethic. I am committed to keeping our Florence a great place to live. Part of that commitment is that three generations of my family live here. I have spent the greater part of my adult life educating myself and being directly involved in my community. I hold two Masters’ Degrees in Administration and Education from Northern Arizona University, graduating with distinction. In 2012, I was elected to the Florence Town Council. Since 2014, I have served as Vice-Mayor. I am active in town activities, community, and parish church. If you want your next Mayor to be a common sense leader committed to protecting our neighborhoods and your family, then I ask for your vote. Together we can ensure that Florence continues to be a community we can proudly call our home. I am the only Florence Mayoral candidate endorsed by the Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs, Arizona Police Association, and Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona. If you have any direct questions, please contact me via email at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your time as it is greatly appreciated.
This is just one of the many posts from Mrs. Walter reaching out to her community and opening up dialog for any questions or concerns. Here is another showing a commitment to the Chamber of Commerce and thus the businesses involved in it.
And last but not least there is this communication from Mrs. Walter via her campaign Facebook page.
Mrs. Walter takes the time to reach out to her community on an almost daily basis. She is approachable and open to speaking with residents about everything from the campaign/election to what the best receipe is for throwing a great kids party.
Now let’s take a look at her opponent Tom Rankin.
Tom also has a Facebook page which has six status updates on it. Six for the entire duration of his campaign. This is the one that bothers me the most:
Why does it bother me? It bothers me because in it he states:
I will be posting daily to show why I believe that a vote for me is for the betterment of Florence and why you should be concerned with what my opponent has said during this campaign.
While this may seem trivial to some, as a Millennial an online presence is important to me. And if you say you are going to post daily then do it. If you can’t keep a simple promise to update YOUR campaign site to get the word out about your campaign then how do you expect me to trust you to update us as Mayor. Candidates surround themselves with like minded people and well to be honest I don’t get a feeling of transparency or commitment from the Rankin camp.
Here is another post from his Facebook page:
So what I have garnered from this is that when and if Rankin posts like “promised” it’s to throw dirt and the shocking lack of transparency on his history with the town is sickening. As a law enforcement supporter and spouse I find it asinine that he does not volunteer the fact that he was FIRED as Police Chief in 1994. I find it sneaky and dishonest that he hasn’t publically addressed the concerns of his sons past arrests and alleged drug use/dealing. Both things that I have never once heard from a Rankin supporter or seen on his page. As a community member I don’t think that having to stumble upon this information while researching candidates during the Primary is how it should be.
Step up this election and help make a change for Florence. While I can’t tell you who to vote for, I can tell you that you need to get out there and vote. If you don’t you have no right to complain about the direction our town heads in.
Early voting is now and election day is November 8th.