As a local business owner and taxpayer, I know a quite a bit about the responsibilities associated with running a small business. Every day, I go to work with the knowledge that people depend on me. My employees and customers are expecting me to fulfill my responsibilities. City commission is somewhat like a business in that the commissioners are the overseers of the city. Our citizens depend on them to make governmental decisions that are smart business decisions based on research and a basic comprehension of the issues. The same can be said about responsibilities and commitments.
Commissioner Ryan Owens and Commissioner Chester Kavanaugh committed to attend the Rotary Club debate Oct. 22, but elected to not show up at the last minute. Is this the type of leadership we want at our governmental level? This type of apathy towards the citizens and the business community reflects the lack of leadership Kavanaugh and Owens will bring to the commission if re-elected. We need commissioners who appreciate the voters and ones that will follow through on their commitments.