Response to criticism of local politicians
As a resident of Essex I received notification of the initial meeting of the Essex Community Association through an online community site. I attended the meeting as a new resident of Essex who has been involved in many community organizations over the years. I wanted to see the objectives of the organization and if I might be able to offer my experience to the group as they reorganize.
I must take issue with Rick Scott’s letter of August 21, 2018 (“Reaction to first meeting of the Essex Community Association”) regarding the meeting, I saw no admonition against attendance by politicians or anyone else in the notice I received.
Mr. Scott listed several candidates and alleged that they were bothering people. None of the candidates he accused of bothering people spoke at the meeting nor did they seek recognition to speak. They were there to listen to the concerns of the constituents they are seeking to represent. As a citizen, I would hope that every candidate seeking to represent my community would seek to understand the concerns and issues we face.
There were only two candidates who spoke at the meeting. One was unceremoniously shouted down and escorted from the meeting as described by Mr. Scott. The other spoke in his capacity as Secretary of the organization.
In the future I would hope that Mr. Scott will refrain from assigning motives that he cannot know to those he encounters during this election cycle and falsely accusing candidates of bothering people.