Mandujano touts new ideas, passion

Published October 28, 2007

Editor's note: The following response was received from Largo City Commission candidate John Mandujano after the newspaper's recommendation of his opponent in the Seat 5 race, incumbent Harriet Crozier. The election is Nov. 6.

The St. Petersburg Times characterized the choice for Largo City Commission Seat 5 as a choice between a known and an unknown.

We know that my opponent voted not to give a tax break to a company that would have added 300 new jobs over the next three years in Largo. We know that means fewer job opportunities for Largo residents. We know that means fewer customers for Largo businesses. We know that means fewer potential buyers if you are trying to sell a house in Largo. We also know that businesses will have second thoughts about starting a business in Largo.

If a known quantity puts Largo in a competitive disadvantage, can Largo afford to keep that known quantity?

My campaign has been described as "aggressive" and "edgy" by the Times. If the campaign is aggressive, it is because I have passion. If by "edgy" you mean clever, I say "thank you."

My proposal to use the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office instead of the Largo Police Department for local law enforcement has been called controversial. To find out more details than space allows in this response, I encourage everyone to go to www.John4Largo.com. The Times states "...strapped city governments throughout Florida may have to consider ... such controversial proposals." Voters should ask themselves if my opponent is equipped to consider "out-of-the-box" proposals.

Yes, you know what you are getting with a known quantity. But what if that known quantity offers no more than mediocrity? Largo deserves better.

John Mandujano, candidate for Largo City Commission Seat 5