Monday, November 29, 2021

Why You Should Vote for Becky Irwin

Letter to the Editor

I have lived on Marco Island for 52 years and have been involved with the City of Marco since inception. In fact, I was the moderator at the first candidates’ forum held at the Marriott Hotel, when there were over 30 candidates running to be on that first council. Over the years, I have learned what it takes to be effective on our City council and for the following reasons I am supporting Becky Irwin.

She has a Deep Knowledge and Love for the Island. Since her family first moved to the Island in 1981, Becky has appreciated our history and continues to learn more about it by volunteering at the Marco Island Historical Museum. In addition, her achievements in becoming a Certified Florida Master Naturalist and Stormwater Specialist evidences her respect for our unique environment, something that we should all be vigilant in protecting.

Becky has proven her interest in City Governance by serving on our Beautification Committee and being part of the recent Citizens Summit for our 20-year strategic plan. She is a fiscal conservative and understands that not all Marco Islanders can afford ever-increasing taxes. After all, the original reason citizens voted for incorporation was the promise of limited, but effective government.

Becky, as a working professional on the island, understands our local business community, while also interacting daily with island residents and understanding their needs—skills critical to building a unified community. The keys to her success are her enthusiasm, energy, and ability to build consensus while working together with others to achieve what is best for Marco. We need to support council members with these qualities, putting the divisiveness and conflicts of the past behind us. I am excited that she is running and urge you and your friends to support and vote for Becky Irwin for the Marco Island City Council.

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