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Keep Sanibel's local government non-partisan

April 7, 2014
Special to the Reporter ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

Non-partisan local government has been an important feature of Sanibel since its founding, one that has helped to make this city a good place to live.

We were disappointed that Kevin Ruane chose to write a letter in support of Lizbeth Benacquisto on letterhead and with signature identifying himself as Mayor of Sanibel. He has every right, as a private citizen, to encourage others to support specific candidates for office, but in our opinion it is inappropriate to use the non-partisan office of Mayor of Sanibel for this purpose.

The slope towards contentious and partisan government is a slippery one. This comes closer to the edge. What's done is done, but we hope that he steps back and thinks before stepping further.

-James and Mary LaVelle

Sanibel Island



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