NIC Trustee Mic Armon, who is running for re-election, showed up last Thursday for his first time at the Republican Women’s lunch meeting. When he was given 2 minutes to speak, he tried to assure the audience that he really is a Republican, and then he added a very awkward statement: Mic told the crowd, as he gestured to where I was sitting, “I was Mary Souza’s next door neighbor for many years.”
While it is true that we were neighbors and we can have a cordial conversation about our kids, I do not support Mic’s election. Mic’s comment seemed opportunistic; a way for him to use me to influence people in the room. He must be worried.
Please know that I have not and will not support Mic’s re-election because I do not like many of the decisions he has made on the Board. When NIC was considering the purchase of the $10 million dollar land near the sewage treatment plant, I asked Mic why they didn’t take the purchase to the voters in a Bond election. He responded, “We’ve been told it wouldn’t pass.” And so the voters were bypassed once again. He also supported taking Foregone Taxes and, even worse, embedding them in the budget’s bottom line so the taxpayers would have to pay more year after year after year.
I am supporting Todd Banducci, who is running against Mic, and I want to remind all of you, dear readers, to vote tomorrow for 3 new, honest, responsible people for the NIC Board: Vote to elect Todd Banducci, Paul Matthews and Ron Nilson.
You can re-read my Oct. 3rd newsletter about the NIC elections here.
Please also remember to vote YES, YES, YES on Proposition 1, 2 and 3, the Luna education reforms. The National Teacher’s Union has dropped over $3 million dollars in Idaho, trying to defeat these laws that will put some basic limits on the power of the union. We care about education. These laws will help Idaho kids improve their ability to compete in the workforce of the future.
You can re-read my Oct. 24th newsletter about it here.
And don’t underestimate the importance of stopping some big power players from adding a filter between the Commissioners and the voters by hiring a County Manager and taking away our right to vote for County Clerk, Assessor, Treasurer and Coroner. Please vote No on the “Optional Commission-Manager Form of County Government Ballot Measure.”
You can re-read last week’s newsletter on that issue here.
So, dear readers, please make sure you, your family, friends and neighbors get out to vote. I’m nervous about the Presidential election tomorrow and hope we can celebrate a great Romney-Ryan victory tomorrow evening. But for now, all we can do is vote and pray.
Best to you all,