I read the article regarding Mayor Richard Stewart and Coun. Barry Lynch and the upcoming mayoral race and am stymied by the subsequent comments by K. Marrington in a letter to the editor.
It is perfectly correct during an election campaign to try to show the differences between candidates. As far as Mayor Stewart lacking leadership and uniting council, I would expect that the council itself are the best ones to know that aspect of the mayor. The fact that two councillors, Neal Nicholson and Lou Sekora, are backing Coun. Lynch this early in the game appears to show that they, at least, feel he is a viable and worthy candidate.
As far as attendance at meetings, etc. by both Mayor Stewart and Coun. Lynch, I can only say, that I have been present over the years with both at many events in the community. Both were affable and obviously making a presence in the community, doing their respective jobs.
I haven't seen what Mayor Stewart has proposed for his vision for the city in the coming years but Coun. Lynch, when interviewed, said he would be focusing on tax rates, transportation improvements, business recruitment, and retention, housing, recreation and environmental issues.
I see these as appropriate goals for any candidate and I hope more elaboration of what each plans for the city will be what they focus on rather than mudslinging. Perhaps if the issues were outlined rather than personal attacks, more Coquitlam citizens would come out to vote.
I'm looking for a positive message and the highlighting of goals and actions the next mayor will take to further the interests, and improvements to our beautiful and vibrant city. I'm convinced that's what the majority of citizens want too.
It would bode well if the media reflected these sentiments as well instead of creating conflict where none needs to exist.
Rita Pollock, Coquitlam