To the Editor:
On Nov. 5, we will once again return to the polls to cast our ballots for those running for City Council. One of those seeking your vote is Mark Gillette. It is my hope that the citizens of Webster City do not forget the not too distant past.
In November 2009, a week after the election, Mark Gillette abandoned his position on the City Council, because he didn't like the results of the election. In a Nov. 11, 2009 article in the Daily Freeman Journal regarding his resignation, he was referred to as an "embattled" City Council member. So, since he didn't get the results he wanted from the election, and therefore not having the votes to get his way the majority of the time, he quit. He quit on those who supported him with their vote. He quit on Webster City.
Now, Gillette wants another term on the City Council. He wants us to believe that he is the fiscally responsible candidate that will look out for the taxpayers. Yet, when he went AWOL from his elected position in November 2009, his actions cost the city $2713.49 to hold a special election. Correction, he cost you, the taxpayer, $2713.49.
I was brought up to believe that your word is your bond. If you make a promise, either in your personal life, or public life, you keep it. To abandon those who put their trust in you shows a grave lack of character and integrity. Mark Gillette has failed to demonstrate a proven track record of keeping his promises.
Can Webster City really trust electing Mark Gillette again? In two years, when the next City Council election comes around, if he doesn't like the results, will he bail out again?
Webster City can do better. Webster City deserves better.