The debate this year was missing a top ingredient--enthusiasm. Only a couple of people were sign waving. No cars driving by honking horns for their candidates. Very few people were passing out candidate literature. During the first half of the debate, no one even clapped after a candidate spoke.
The room was not completely filled as it has been in the past. Perhaps that had something to do with the live streaming on Facebook that was a new feature. Perhaps it had to do with the fact there was very little advertising of it. People stayed home. Some people wore candidate t-shirts but not nearly as many as in past years.
Attorney John Paxman was the moderator again this year. He always does a good job. There were ushers all over the place, something different from years past. They had t-shirts saying "USHER" so you couldn't miss them. They passed the bucket for a collection for the Lake Worth Playhouse for clean-up and electricity.
The 17 questions were good with the debate lasting 2 hours and all the candidates performed to the best of their ability. Some are better speakers than others and some are better informed.
There was only one candidate who wanted the Atlanta Braves at John Prince Park, Ellie Whittey. But she has her campaign signs in 15 downtown stores she told us. A lot of the downtown merchants wanted national league baseball to bulldoze our park. She was the only candidate not to submit a bio for the program. I was surprised that Omari Hardy was against the Braves going there as Scott Maxwell is behind his campaign, a commissioner who lobbied every city around the park to approve a resolution supporting the Atlanta Braves coming there. The Lake Worth majority commission of which Christopher McVoy is not a part, voted for a Atlanta Braves resolution as well.
I left the playhouse with no new revelations and nothing to change my mind about who I believe will be the best commissioner in District 2 and District 4.
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