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BY EILEEN NORMILE SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015

There has been a lot of noise lately.  A lot of untruths.  Half truths.  And outright nonsense.  Let’s stick to the facts.

My name is Eileen Normile. I moved to Sarasota after a career as a criminal prosecutor. I have been president of my homeowners association, chair of the Police Advisory Panel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association.   I have been an active civic participant in city politics for years—a speaker at forums, an advocate at City and County Commission meetings and a contributor to newspaper opinion articles.  I was chosen—out of a field of 10 applicants—for appointment to the City Commission last November based on my significant civic involvement.

I am proud of what we have accomplished on the City Commission in the past five months. The dysfunctional gridlock is over. Among other things, we are spearheading an innovative program to help the homeless and—in my personal initiative—we are finally getting serious about traffic and transportation in a series of Traffic Summits that will continue into the summer and beyond. As I am not beholden to any person, group or faction, I study every issue and vote independently. My voting record proves that. 

I put myself, my family and my volunteers through this grueling election campaign because I believe in this city. I’d like to think the City believes in me. I am gratified to say that 80 percent of our campaign donors are city residents versus 43 percent for my opponent. 

When I was sworn in as a prosecutor—and more recently as a City Commissioner—I swore to uphold the laws of the City, the State and the U.S. Constitution and to faithfully and honestly serve the citizens of Sarasota. That is how I have lived my life.  I do not take oaths lightly.

Eileen Normile is a candidate for Sarasota City Commission District 2

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