Democrat Diane Melendez: ‘Why I Support Mike Hogan’
While on Facebook a few days back, the live messaging box popped up on my computer screen, it was Austin Cassidy. I clicked on the link and saw the short query he had sent to me. It made me smile. "Diane, you and I don't always agree about politics, but I just saw the message you posted on Lenny Curry's facebook page," he wrote. "I was wondering if you would write a small piece for the Jacksonville Observer?"
My answer was that it would be a pleasure to share my thoughts about Mr. Hogan.
Here is what I wrote on Lenny's page: I am supporting Mike Hogan as is my entire family because he is the best choice for Jacksonville at this difficult juncture in our history. He has the experience and understanding to get us past the current financial mess and build a strong foundation for the city to grow on. In my heart of hearts I know Mike is the best qualified most experienced candidate.
Diane Melendez, a lifelong, card carrying Democrat who registered at the age of 18 and has voted Democrat for 4 decades will be voting for Republican Mike Hogan in the unitary election in May. My reasons are simple and straight forward. Mike Hogan understands the serious economic crisis our city, state and country is now facing. He is experienced and qualified. He has taken a hard and realistic look at the state of our local economy and understands that Jacksonville does not have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. His assessment is spot on.
Now is not the time to grow government. Nor is it the time for the wild and grand visionings of candidate Alvin Brown, a man who is painfully underqualified for the office of Mayor. Brown comes to the voters with no real understanding of how our local government functions. He instead offers superficial soudbites and energetic buzz phrases. He is the product of a bloated Federal HUD program under former President Bill Clinton nearly a decade and a half ago. That has been his entire claim to fame for most of his campaign. The overworked rhetoric and Clinton/Gore name dropping he began with has overtime expanded to include soundbites from other candidates platforms. He now drops the names of Audrey Moran and Peter Rummell while unabashedly adopting Moran's grow the government platform to include another DDA, an education Czar and imagined downtown all on the taxpayers dime. Jacksonville simply cannot accept the rhetoric and empty promises of Alvin Brown in place of the real experience, qualifications and sound plan to cut our spending that Mike Hogan brings to the table.
I will be voting Mike Hogan for Mayor of Jacksonville and I hope that everyone who reads this will do the same...