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A Times Editorial

Candidate replies

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000

Russ Kreager, Non-partisan candidate, Crystal River Council Seat 4

I was not surprised at your endorsement of my opponent in this Sunday's edition of the Citrus Times, but I am pleased that I have received the endorsement of the Citrus County Chronicle and of the Police Benevolent Association.

I would like to point out two or three items of disagreement in your paper, however. Your comment "she voted to fire him shortly after she took office because she said he played favorites with the council members" is not true, of course, but the same charge is now being made by some against the current city manager. The council theoretically is composed of five equally important bosses, and I was always careful to remember that. Her long and supportive conferences with the present city manager suggest the dreaded micromanagement word and many people feel she is still creating problems at this time as she has in the past, and there are many in our city who believe the excessive amount of time she spends in City Hall is creating more negative than positive results.

Your statement "morale is high among all but the most disgruntled of city employees" is far, far from the truth. If not, why would they be filing police reports, appearing at council meetings to complain about their treatment, and why would they not be endorsing my opponent, rather than myself?

Finally, I am not running against the city manager; my opponent is Paula Wheeler, and I look forward to the endorsement of the good people of Crystal River by their vote on Nov. 7.

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