Palm Beach County Commission District 2 candidate has been accumulating local endorsements the way a Hollywood star collects Emmys. The Palm Beach County Voter’s Coalition gave their endorsement, before that it was the Fraternal Order of Police and now it is the Palm Beach Post. Sherry Lee said, “My endorsement by the Palm Beach Post is not only a turning point in the campaign, it is a turning point for all of us in Palm Beach County.”
Here is the Post’s endorsement which can also be found here:
“Republican Sherry Lee is an underdog in the Democratic-leaning District 2 seat held by Jeff Koons, who left office in August after pleading guilty to extortion. Democrat Paulette Burdick, a 16-year school board member, holds a 7-to-1 fund-raising advantage and represents 75 percent of the district as a school board member. Ms. Lee promises to be vigilant against corruption and to cut spending. She says she would not accept contributions from people with business before the commission. Ms. Burdick has taken donations from those with business before the school board.
One big issue with Ms. Burdick is her willingness to stick too long to the wrong course. She supported former School Superintendent Joan Kowal well beyond the point when Dr. Kowal, who was the wrong choice from the start, lost credibility, then tearfully cast the swing vote to fire her. This year, Ms. Burdick rated Superintendent Art Johnson as “meets expectations,” despite the chaos from curriculum changes that Dr. Johnson forced onto the school district. And despite her years in government, Ms. Burdick has surprisingly few good ideas for the county. When property values revive, she would use rising revenues to pay down debt, not to reverse the tax increases of the past two years. Ms. Burdick would have opposed this year’s tax increase, but couldn’t specify the $50 million in spending cuts to do so. Ms. Lee worked with a citizens tax-cutting group to suggest specific cuts. Ms. Lee could be all anger, and might become just a bomb-thrower. But Commissioner Burt Aaronson’s arrogant criticism of Koons’ arrest and plea deal shows that the commission and county government need more reminders about that anger. Ms. Lee should get the chance to show if she can channel that anger.”