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BY LYNN ROBBINS SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015

We would all agree that selecting the best qualified city commissioners will affect the future and direction we are led. It is challenging to get good leaders to run for office, when it is so contentious and they have to declare their financials. I found an outstanding candidate when I served on the citizens advisory board to select our chief of police. Eileen Normile! She was so impressive in her thought and analysis that I asked her to run for office. I felt she would be an outstanding leader.  She has served as our appointed commissioner for five months and our commission is accomplishing a great deal. 

Eileen fought against a come-as-you-are homeless shelter in downtown and supports the Housing First model which gives people the support and monitoring to get off the streets. She also approved the Tom Barwin proposal on the homeless.

Eileen Normile created the first-of-its-kind Traffic Summit to bring the city, county and state together to solve our traffic mess. 

She is an independent thinker.  As a former prosecutor, she thoroughly researches issues and comes to her own conclusions.

Eileen is a fiscal conservative, with a good head for business. I trust her to make good decisions in a logical and thoughtful way and from serving for 5 months as our commissioner, she understands the complexity of our city's challenges and real work is getting done.

Eileen Normile was president of her own neighborhood association and we can count on her to protect our neighborhoods as well. Is this not the candidate that you would vote to continue her leadership for us?  Your vote is important; one city candidate only won by 14 votes. Please vote. This is a very important election for our future.

Lynn Robbins, Sarasota

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