And Then There Was One
Lake County is on the Right Track… Almost.
Have you noticed how calm and quiet Lake County government has become since the November election? Gone are Commissioners Jimmy Conner and Welton Cadwell. Gone are the name calling, bullying, and consternation. Gone are the intimidation and backroom deals.
Have you also noticed the ugly, manufactured issues from the Conner campaign are gone? Lake County has not become a huge sand mine or been overrun by developments. The environment is not dying and there is still plenty of drinking water. Everything that was said during that campaign in an effort to keep Conner and Cadwell in office was a scare tactic.
For the first time in a couple of decades, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners has grown-ups in charge. This calm, even-keeled environment is very refreshing. New Commissioners Josh Blake and Wendy Breeden are serious people who are really trying to do the best for Lake County and not themselves. Commissioners Tim Sullivan and Leslie Campione were the wall of reason between the absurdity of Conner and Cadwell for the last six years. We are sure they appreciate more than anyone to have grown-ups join them on the Lake County Commission.
Then there is Commissioner Sean Parks—the Commissioner who shifts with the political wind, whenever it benefits him. Commissioner Parks is the reason why Lake County has some of the highest impact fees in the state and probably the worst Comprehensive Land Plan. He has been an active player in every bad decision made in the last six years. Most of Commissioner Parks’ constituents have something in common—he tells them one thing in private and then he says something totally opposite in public. We guess Parks hasn’t figured out that saying one thing in private then taking a public position that is totally opposite by most standards is a lie, or a least a double-crossing.
Commissioner Parks’ votes and his record of dishonest private versus public positions make him very vulnerable in the 2018 election. No one thought Conner and Cadwell would be voted out. However, it appears Lake County voters got tired of the bull. A lot of business people have become weary of Parks’ ever-changing positions and values. If Parks has any hope in retaining his commission seat, he may want to look at the other four commissioners as examples of straight talk and integrity. There is little doubt—Parks has a lot to defend and explain to the voters in 2018..
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