Candidates for the two open seats on Vero’s City Council are all new faces except for Brian Heady. Conversely, candidates for the three open seats in Sebastian include three incumbents. Both races are supposed to be non-partisan because they focus on local issues that fall outside the normal platforms of national parties. For instance, who isn’t concerned about the health of our Indian River Lagoon? So here are our recommendations for tomorrow’a election:
After two years of a contentious relationship between some elected City Council members and the public they serve, we now have the opportunity to replace them with fresh faces for the most part. Many issues and important decisions face this incoming City Council and although there are often two or more ways to look at an issue, we look forward to the possibility that each side is doing his/her best to respect the will of voters. For Vero Beach we recommend Rey Neville and Robert McCabe.
We are recommending Rey Neville because he has the background, education, experience and integrity we need in our elected officials. He grew up here, had a distinguished 26-year military career, a business background and we believe he will stand up for Vero Beach values, make decisions that will ensure continuation of our quality of life, and treat his constituents with respect. We believe he will support efforts to improve the health of our Lagoon, protecting the City Charter, maintaining and improving City assets for future generations, all with a clear eye to fiscal responsibility.
We are recommending Bob McCabe because of his civic involvement in our community, serving as volunteer president of the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce, vice chair/treasurer of SCORE and most recently served on the Vero Beach Centennial Commission. He also has the education and business background (36 years as an executive with General Motors among others, MBA from Cornell University), to make informed decisions based on facts and not political expediency. We feel Bob shares the values of citizens in our community, he will protect and maintain the City’s assets and respect the people who elect him.
We are recommending all three candidates running for re-election although there are some issues that divide the electorate, most recently the City’s attempt to annex land from the County. However that works out, we believe the three incumbents have the experience of working together and shown they are committed to doing what is right for Sebastian citizens.
McPartlan has served effectively on the Council for eight years and as Mayor. He is a college graduate, a US Army veteran, has worked for the Florida Department of Children and Families since 2001, serves on the Executive Roundtable for Indian River County, as well as volunteering for a number of community organizations. His top priorities have been the health of the Indian River Lagoon, infrastructure and public safety.
Iovino has served one term. He has a background in law enforcement and currently serves with the Indian River Shores Department of Public Safety. He is also an emergency room trained and licensed registered nurse and has worked in both area hospitals. He volunteers on several community organizations. His top priorities are improving downtown and the waterfront, the health of the Lagoon and maintaining Sebastian’s quality of life.
Kinchen is currently vice mayor and retired this year after serving 30 years in the City of Sebastian Public Works Department. She volunteers in the community and is a proponent of managed growth and improved infrastructure. She works on promoting grants for the septic to sewer program and cleaning up the Indian River Lagoon.
Whether you agree with our recommendations or not, PLEASE take the time to vote tomorrow!