I am writing this letter in support of Carol Whitmore's candidacy for Manatee County's District 6 At-Large Commission seat.
As a long-time resident of Cortez, I have personally known and worked with Carol from her years representing the island's interests in the 1990s. Although Cortez is on the mainland, the village has always considered the island communities good neighbors.
That was evident when Carol would call my dad or me when she was dealing with local issues. She would ask our opinions on how a project or impending rule could impact the village.
In addition, there has never been a time when I called her that she did not return my call. That may not sound like much, but in today's busy world, it's not always the norm.
It is no surprise to me that Carol has risen in the local political ranks. It's not an easy job and it takes a dedicated person willing to sacrifice so much of their personal life to public service.
My definition of a good representative is a person who is credible, conscientious, thoughtful, professional, tenacious and strong. Carol is all of those. In fact, I like to think that the days she spent representing the west side of our community helped her develop the very characteristics that are now working for the betterment of our entire county.
So please when casting your vote, help Carol continue to do what she does so well -- represent this great community that we are lucky enough to call home.