I have been watching Brad work with the limited resources of Carbondale and start to turn things around as mayor. He wrote a plan before the last election and has marched down and done everything in his plan. The plan he wrote was reasonable and possible.
Brad has cut spending in City Hall. He has made doing business in the city go from impossible to possible, this is a big improvement. Brad has attacked the biggest building problems and solved them in partnership with private industry.
Brad has turned lemons into lemonade. But he also didn't decide to make his lemons into brandy or gold, it would have made him fail because he doesn't seem to believe in magic.
We know he has been the best mayor in Carbondale in my lifetime based on performance. I'm amused that Sheila Simon has decided to run against him with no visible agenda or platform, hoping her family name will work its magic (maybe she does have a plan and we will see it in November?). Why would anyone run against a mayor who is performing at such a high level.
I think that Brad deserves another term and since I'm shutting this down tomorrow, I'll put my support behind him now.
Wouldn't it be great if SIUC looked at Brad's methods and started to follow them? Bad buildings? Fix them up. Find partners in the business world to help you. Plan toward something possible in the short term, those big dreams are only possible if you win in the short term.
Please reelect Brad Cole as Mayor of Carbondale. He has earned it.