Candidate Mount Dora
On November 8, 2011, the citizens in Mount Dora will vote on a new mayor. The voters must decide if they want to continue Melissa DeMarco’s liberal, progressive, no-party affiliation path of government, which has led to crumbling streets and the exodus of businesses; or a conservative, pro-business form of government.
Three candidates have qualified for the upcoming election of Mount Dora Mayor:
- Robert Thielhelm – Current Mount Dora Councilman (District 2)
- Joseph Scurlock – Self-professed Progressive
- Randy Wiseman – Republican and Former Lake County School Board Member
We sat down with Randy Wiseman to discuss the Mount Dora City Mayor election and the direction of the city, and he had some interesting perspectives. For background, and to put the discussion in context, here is a brief, thumbnail sketch of the other two candidates for Mount Dora City Mayor.
Robert Thielhelm – No Party Affiliation. Thielhelm is the current District 2 Mount Dora City Councilman, and he moved to Mount Dora in 2001 from a career which took him from Connecticut to Saudi Arabia. He was a mechanical engineer in the naval industry. He recently voted to increase the property tax millage rate in the city of Mount Dora.
Joseph Scurlock – Self-professed Progressive. According to Scurlock’s Facebook page, he spent most of his life in Ohio, and while attending Ohio University he was a member of the LEAF Party (Leadership Environment and Fun). On his Facebook page, Scurlock posts a very Obama-type remark, “We all need to succeed or none succeed,” and he lists his religious views as “Good Karma.” It appears, based on his picture on a scooter coupled with his political plan, that he hopes to make Mount Dora an eco-friendly city catering to golf carts, scooters, and segways.
Randy Wiseman says he is a conservative Republican who has been married 40 years to his wife, LuAnne. Together, they have owned and operated Wiseman Gymnastics Academy for the last 35 years. In addition, Wiseman has been a licensed real estate broker in the Mount Dora community for 25 years. The couple has three sons, whom he refers to as the “Three Wisemen.”
Wiseman supports smaller government and lower taxes, and he has a five-point plan to promote business in Mount Dora, which includes:
- Redirect almost $1 million dollars for walkways in the woods and a leisure park to repair curbs and sidewalks in the crumbling downtown district.
- Have a business link page on the City of Mount Dora website to promote the businesses within the city.
- Analyze all ordinances and fee charges, and eliminate those which are unnecessarily hampering business. Wiseman says he will strive to make Mount Dora pro-business.
- As a trained facilitator, Wiseman will impose, on all City of Mount Dora departments, a new philosophy, which treats business and property owners in the manner in which they deserve. He wants city employees to be pro-service and more business friendly.
- Wiseman wants to hold a summit with all downtown business owners to figure out strategies to fill vacant buildings; however, he insists he will not impose any government mandates or new government regulations on downtown businesses.
Wiseman says the City of Mount Dora needs a new direction because the current one is not working. “They had liberal leadership and I am going to start pushing back,” is how Wiseman describes his new direction for the City of Mount Dora’s departments. “I’m going to be a big cheerleader for the town,” and, “we are going to make Mount Dora the destination of a lifetime.”
Of his opponents, Wiseman says Thielhelm is No Party Affiliation, which translates to him as a Democrat, and Wiseman touts being a Republican his whole life. Wiseman is also quick to point out his long-term roots in Mount Dora, compared to Thielhelm, who only became a resident in 2001. As for Joseph Scurlock, Wiseman points out he is a self-professed progressive who has attended the last few city council meetings in “shorts and flip flops.”
Citizens for Better Government, L.L.C. does not endorse candidates, but we do believe it is important to inform our conservative base who is running in the local elections. The citizens of Mount Dora have one of three choices in their upcoming election for Mayor: One candidate, who is a liberal Mount Dora Councilman, and who has voted to dramatically raise property tax millage rates; another candidate, who appears to be an extreme Obama liberal, with no experience; or a candidate, who is a conservative Republican, as well as a family man, with deep ties to Mount Dora.
The choice by the citizens of Mount Dora in the November election will determine if Mount Dora blazes a new pro-business direction or continues to be a crumbling city that will play long-term, second fiddle to the City of Tavares.
We encourage everyone to meet the candidates, know the issues, and vote in the election for Mount Dora City Mayor on November 8, 2011.
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