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Jill Cincotta

Candidate for Safety

Harbor City Commission

Seat 1

The voters in Safety Harbor have a clear choice for a sense of community by electing Jill Cincotta as city commissioner. My many years of civic activities are directed toward enhancing our safety and our quality of life in Safety Harbor. Many of the new downtown activities of the last several years, such as the Christmas Luminare event, are my ideas. These are the projects that have been fostering the sense of community in Safety Harbor.

My strong attributes include thorough questions; extensive research; creative, viable solutions; and an ability to employ an effective communication style required for success on the project of the moment. The Times' recommendation fails to acknowledge the effectiveness in the execution. Yet the article the next day on downtown redevelopment highlights my substantial contributions to this vibrant movement.

Further, I am not accepting campaign contributions. I am funding all of my campaign expenses. This will enable me to remain independent. I choose to avoid the pressures of special interests.

The final issue relates to the quality of city services. A city's first priority should be to provide quality municipal services to residents. Our excellent city services are why so many people love Safety Harbor. I will trim spending in overhead and support items first so that services remain top quality.

In my door-to-door, grassroots campaign, I have yet to meet a resident who wants a reduction in city services. To support the enhancement of city services in Safety Harbor is to support Jill Cincotta for Seat 1 Tuesday.

Bill Rupp

Candidate for Safety

Harbor City Commission

Seat 3

Many years ago a prominent figure in the political world advised me never to argue with anyone associated with an organization that purchased paper and ink by the truckload. Now I find myself in a dilemma whereby a member of the press has taken journalistic privilege to gratify a personal opinion formed of this writer.

This person, (North Pinellas editor of editorials) Diane Steinle, has taken it upon herself not only to judge but also to create a false and unfair impression of myself, who has dedicated more than 25 years of my life to public service and to my community. The misuse of such power is shameful to say the least. Ms. Steinle should realize that it takes more than being a member of the press to qualify as a judge.

During my interview with Ms. Steinle, she was advised of my political background and the many years I had spent gaining this experience. I take exception to the statement that I am not prepared to be a commissioner of 15,000 residents.

Is it possible that she forgot that the president of the United States and also the governor of New York commended me for my accomplishments in the political field or that I was the executive assistant to a New York senator?

Ms. Steinle must also have forgotten the following remark she made at the conclusion of my interview. She stated, "Do you know that you have the longest platform of any other candidate?" (which all pertained to the city's goals and problems).

If the truth be known, I have been judged by a recall action that took place four years ago and that did not meet with her approval. The wrath of the gods has struck again!

TO OUR READERS

Last Sunday the Times published an editorial recommending three candidates in Tuesday's Safety Harbor City Commission election. Today we give candidates not recommended a chance to reply. Only Jill Cincotta and Bill Rupp responded. Cincotta is running against Don Fletcher for Seat 1. Bill Rupp is running against Fran Barnhisel and Sandy Huff for Seat 3. The names of candidates recommended by the newspaper are printed elsewhere on this page.

A NOTE ABOUT RECOMMENDATIONS

This newspaper publishes recommendations to help readers become more knowledgeable voters. The job is not easy, nor is it one we take lightly.

Editors send candidates questionnaires about their backgrounds and positions on the issues. They compare these responses, examine campaign materials and study the candidates through an array of public records and sources. Editors also invite the candidates for private interviews, and they may call upon the insights of other people in the community to learn more about the candidates.

The goal is to provide readers with the newspaper's recommendation of who is best for the job and why. We hope these recommendations will entice readers to learn more about the candidates and vote for their choices on Election Day.

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