By Smartin’ Martin
(Normally, we just report on events. This is almost entirely the opinion of one attendee. Here is a candidate-by-candidate review of those standing for Sixth and Fifth Ward and At-Large Councilmen offices.)
Councilman at Large
George Tibitt: Seems to be a mini-Mancuso. A lot of people like him but he has no idea on legislation and laws. He was incoherent and off-base at times. He could not even put together two plausible sentences yet he is a likable guy.
Ernest Coursey: Definitely a family man. He continues to use the word “administration,” indicating that he backs Speedy. I believe Coursey want to sell Bader field, ASAP. The guy sitting next to me, Tom, commented about Coursey: “His English sucks.” He is another Langford guy.
Mike Toland: The guy acting most like a normal guy. A retired Vet, he was well spoken and solid with many issues. Yet he was not properly dressed and used the word Armageddon for the redistricting process. I think Toland is a good candidate and the right choice in November.
Dennis Mason: To the point. When asked if he agreed with the smoking ban, he said yes and said if he had the vote again he would vote the same way. On redevelopment of Bader Field, he wants to see housing, Casinos, and open space. He answered with a little bit of everything. I felt he made a strong impression and am considering voting for him but I believe he has no open competition in the ward.
Tim Mancuso: Is not against the smoking ban, yet he kept referring to Mason’s ideas. He referred to Tibbitt, in effect, as the new kid on the block. Mancuso is non-sensical with his comments especially, “I will do what the people want with Bader Field.” I think he will lose this election
Steve Layman: A strong candidate and former mayor. He spoke with a purpose and said it was time to clean up the mess in A.C. He impressed me with his poise and firmness on all the questions asked. I believe he will make an excellent candidate and strong leader for our sixth ward
Ytit Chauhan: What a terrible debater. The only candidate to take shots at others. He is a smoker yet he believes the casinos should be 100% smoke-free. He called this city petty and says if we are arguing over city cell phones and cars we are being petty. Sorry he lost my vote. He is so stuck up it’s not even funny. He has no shot.
The debate quality was terrible. Steve Layman and Mike Toland were the best. Ytit and Tibbitt the worst.
I spoke with my friend Eugene Robinson after the debate. He voted against the smoking ban and states it is wrong for Casinos to be 75% – 25%. I still support Mr. Robinson [despite his prostitution scandal] and am glad he voted against this cause. Gene also said he believes the voting at the Democratic Committee was unfair and does not support that type of process. When I asked about the fluidity of Government in this City – as to who takes over when the Mayor leaves office – he said this is a State Issue. Well the state needs to fix this problem. There is no law or consistency. I elect Eugene Robinson MAYOR! Oh wait I bet I can’t do it 🙂