Sunday, July 11, 2010

Enock Freire: Guy Enriques Redux?

Suddenly there are huge "Enock Freire District 7" signs everywhere. The candidate and his family wave to me as I drive home, but I live in District 8 and am favorably disposed toward Brenda Ford, based on her record, so my opinion is neither all that relevant or important. Plus, I'm old and cranky and inclined toward cynicism. But all the signs make me wonder.

Feire's website stresses, with Bold Typeface, that he will WORK TOGETHER WITH OTHERS because WE WON'T GET ANYWHERE BY CAUSING DIVISION. Brenda's been a reliable thorn in the side of the majority, and their sponsors. Does that mean that Freire will be a pro-development drone, like Enriques (who also had big advertising), who had big bucks behind him and took out a conservationist council member, becoming a reliable vote for the grease machine? I don't know the man, and I don't vote in his district, but I wonder.

2 comments:

Keoni said...

I've seen Enock sign waving on the road as well. But I'm probably a bit more curious than you for two reasons: (1) I live in district 7, and (2) I think Brenda Ford's record is weak. She may like to think of herself as a "thorn on the side" of the Hilo establishment. But after 4 years of a lot of talk without much to show for it, I'm starting to wonder if Brenda can actually deliver. Just saying...

Anonymous said...

I don't vote in district 7, but I've been to council meetings and Brenda Ford (along with Dominic Yagong and Pete Hoffman) seem to be speaking for the people. Ford and Yagong went out of their way to actually call and talked with people in other districts to find out the truth and further investigate the issues. This is contrary to district 6 councilman Enriques, who ignores his constituents because he's got developer $ and will do their bidding regardless of the people. Vote anyone BUT Enriques!