In the Fort Lauderdale Mayor’s race, what are the differences between Jack Seiler and Earl Rynerson?
In the Fort Lauderdale Mayor’s race, what are the differences between
Jack Seiler and Earl Rynerson?
To those of you who may not be sure about the differences between the current Mayor (Jack Seiler) and myself (Earl Rynerson), I thought I would give some examples of our differences:
- I served our country for 20 years in the military, volunteering for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I retired in 1997 as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. I have over 30 years business experience and have been a small business owner for over 10 years here in Fort Lauderdale.
- Jack is an attorney and a career politician, going from one Florida location to another, wherever there is a political race he can win. He bought a home in Fort Lauderdale only AFTER he was elected Mayor here three years ago.
- My focus is Fort Lauderdale. I live here, own a home here and have a business here. I chose to move here in 1999 because I am passionate about this city. It has waterways, weather, beaches, diversity and vibrancy that other cities can only dream about.
- Jack is focused on Jack. Jack is not interested in developing new initiatives here; he sees Fort Lauderdale as a stepping stone to higher political office. His supporters are primarily statewide lobbyists, fellow attorneys and special interest groups that can help get him into other more powerful state political positions.
Our perspectives on spending:
- As a small business owner, I am always looking for ways to do more with less. I have had to tighten my belt with my business; I feel it’s time our City did the same.
- As an attorney and politician, Jack has no problem in spending other people’s money. He’s been very good doing that for the last 3 years, taking over $20 Million of YOUR money out of our City’s savings account to pay for continued pay raises and bonuses to already overpaid city staff.
Our Future Vision for the City:
- I have written a 20-chapter “Vision for Fort Lauderdale”, that provides ideas and sets future directions for our City. It didn’t cost you a dime.
- After three years, Jack still cannot articulate a Vision for Fort Lauderdale. He wants others to do it, and wants to give them your tax dollars for another useless document.
Our Views on Budgetary reform:
- I believe we cannot continue to take money from taxpayers to keep feeding a bloated budget that is almost twice the size of what it was 8 years ago. Our own Budget Advisory Board has warned that our current budget is “Not Sustainable”. We MUST have budgetary reform.
- Jack has done nothing to control spending. The budget has increased more than $35 Million dollars under Jack. The number of City employees receiving over $150,000 in annual compensation has almost doubled during Jack’s tenure, from 163 people to 297.
Our views on pension reform:
- I believe that we need to exercise true pension reform, now. Our City’s pension liability is now more than $1.1 Billion dollars! Of that amount, more than $350 Million dollars is unfunded, meaning we the taxpayers are responsible for that cost.
- Jack has demonstrated that he doesn’t care about the out-of -control pension costs. He hasn’t addressed it. His continued pay increases and bonuses to staff have made the pension problem much worse, just in the three years he’s been Mayor. Perhaps Jack doesn’t care about pension costs because he doesn’t plan on being here when the “pension time bomb” explodes….
These are just a few of the differences between Jack Seiler and myself. I hope you will remember these issues when you vote by absentee ballot, or when you vote on January 31.
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