We all know there are things that are supposed to happen during an election season. You know, be nice to your opponent, positive ads only, don’t question fundraising techniques, and under all circumstances vote your mind not your party…. but what about after the election. I don’t mean the “I want to thank my opponent for running a strong spirited campaign” and other such pleasantries that are cover ups for “nanny-nanny-poo-poo”
Please allow me to be serious for a moment. The Republican Party, which I tend to gravitate towards (not exclusively mind you) has an excellent opportunity to lead by example and do the right thing. Linda Salafia has won two posts in this year’s election and is due all the accolades that come with that. She has won as “Linda Salafia for Common Council” and as “Linda Salafia for Place Holder” (I mean…. Board of Education) Now, as a former unsuccessful Republican candidate for Board of Education (2013) I can honestly say this is no small feat in this small city of ours and should be commended, but I digress. Like I said above the Middletown Republican Committee has an excellent opportunity to show that they care about our community as much as their campaign rhetoric had us believe.
Linda should be given the opportunity to make a choice. She has earned the right to choose Common Council or Board or Education and then relinquish her seat to the next top vote getter in the Republican Line. Whether that be to make way for relative new comer Nick Fazzino or the proven Cheryl McClellan respectively. This automatically will force one more body into the fray thus securing an extra body AND name into the minds and hearts of Middletonians (is that a thing?)I can’t make that decision for her, but I do offer the following opinion.
Linda, please choose the Common Council. You have been there before you know how it works. You have earned the right to re-claim your seat. Please give way to Cheryl, and allow her reclaim her seat, and continue working with the Board of Education in a post that she has served so well over the years. We know your plan was to be a place holder with the hopes that the Republicans would gain more seats than usual – that, unfortunately was not the case. We don’t want you or the party to bear any unnecessary scrutiny when people see there really is a conflict of interest between both positions. (I can go into that if needed on a follow up post.) The Board of Education needs Cheryl and her experience back when you look at all the new Democrat faces that will be “running the show”.
Republicans – there is a lot at stake over the next two to four years, we have the opportunity to put experience back in both posts. Show us you care. Do the right thing. For the School District, for the Party, for Middletown.
This OPINION has been brought to you by,
Brian K (Middletown Parent and Free Thinker)