Anyone who runs for a public office is to be appreciated by those of us claiming to be too busy for such activities. Gee, we've become so busy, most of us who have registered to vote don't bother to vote. I had hoped the recent outbreak of patriotism we saw after 9-11 would have translated to more citizenship being exerted, not just flag waving and slogans. But only 40 percent of us voted in the primaries.
There are still choices to be made. Even if you didn't vote in the primaries, there is still the chance to express your choice between the mayor candidates.
Both claim experience. Ken Murphy's experience comes from his involvement in more than 18 years in Payson's affairs. Jim White's experience is longer, but hardly relevant to Payson.
Ken Murphy clearly comes across as concerned for all of us, being aware of the needs and wants of different interest groups, but without undue favoritism for one group or another. Jim White's awareness appears focused more on one or another special group and less on the community as a whole.
Ken is not bashful about talking with people all of us and reaches out to do so and has been doing that for a long time. Jim's approach to "improving communications" is to encourage us to come see him at his scheduled times, or make small talk with us at a meeting of one of the clubs he attends once a week.
What Payson needs is a public servant rather than a politician. We don't need a full-time mayor, we have a full-time town manager.
We all need to exercise our responsibility as citizens to vote for what we want. When we don't vote, we get what we deserve. Think about what you expect from the next mayor, and vote accordingly. I have. Vote now. You don't have to wait until election day. The polls are open at Town Hall, or you can get a mail-in ballot sent to you by the town clerk.
Lewis M. Levenson, Payson