Voice of the Voters, Jan. 21

Sun readers endorse their favorite candidates

Published: Monday, January 21, 2008 at 10:54 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 21, 2008 at 10:54 a.m.

Top 10 reasons to vote for Barack Obama

1. He is not related to anyone who has held the office of president.

2. He voted against Iraq from the very beginning.

3. He has been against torture from the beginning.

4. He has proven that he can unite Democrats, Republicans, and Independents for the common good.

5. He is the opposite of the "politics as usual" attitude that is so pervasive in our society.

6. He forces people around the world to rethink their stereotype of America as a domineering, white, imperialist nation.

7. He can win the general election because the Republican Party doesn't hate him. They really hate Hillary, though. And they will come together to fight her if she's the candidate.

8. He will withdraw our troops from Iraq and pursue diplomatic solutions to the myriad of problems in the Middle East.

9. He has detailed plans to improve the economy, education, health care, the environment, and our nation's security.

10. He motivates and empowers people, which is so refreshing after so many years of feeling excluded and discouraged by our government.

Elizabeth Nix,


Our son, Thomas Hawkins, Jr., is a candidate for the at-large seat 2 to represent the people of Gainesville on the city commission. We recommend him highly to you.

Thomas is a fifth generation Gainesvillian with a deep love of the city and its potential. Thomas has a passion for identifying creative solutions to problems. He raises whomever and whatever he is working with to the highest potential. He wants to work with and serve people to enhance the quality of life for everyone. He believes in community, public safety, public transportation, educational opportunity, vocational training, smart growth, new job development, neighborhood integrity, and affordable housing.

Thomas is hard working, thoughtful, disciplined, and dedicated to a future for Gainesville that will allow all of us, our children, and their children to prosper. We are proud of Thomas, not because he is our son, but because of the

person he is.

Mary Lou Hawkins,

W. Thomas Hawkins,


I recently attended the League of Women Voters candidates forum and, after listening to all three candidates for city commission District 2, I feel that Lauren Poe is the only candidate who has done his homework regarding the issues facing our city and I will urge my friends in District 2 to

vote for him.

Carol Gordon,


Lauren Poe has the values, integrity and ability to foster cooperation and consensus building on the City Commission. He would promote a spirit of teamwork between the various government entities and among the Commission. This would be a welcome change.

Bob Cohen,


Lauren Poe will serve Gainesville well as city commissioner. Over the past two years I have found Lauren to be concerned and knowledgeable about Gainesville's government and possibilities for its future. He is good-humored, pleasant, bright, and open to hearing the viewpoints of others. Vote for Lauren Poe on January 29.

Kurt Kent,

Gainesville resident since 1970

With his emphasis on smart local economic growth, protected neighborhoods and effective government, along with his leadership skills and his almost-forty years of residence in Gainesville, Lauren Poe deserves support in his bid for City Commission. Vote Lauren Poe for District 2 to make local government more responsive to our needs.

J.C. Casagrande,


I have known Lauren Poe for 20 years, ever since he and my daughter, Alexa, were friends at Gainesville High School. For the last 5 years, I have worked closely with Lauren in Alachua County Democratic Party activities. He has impressed me greatly with his intelligence, balanced outlook, sensibility to others' points of view, and dependability. I heartily endorse him for the Gainesville City Commission.

Margaret Boonstra,


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