published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A new face in the race for city council
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING - Two city council member seats are up for elections in the coming weeks and there are currently three people in the running for those spots. Long-time council members John Griffin and Scott Stanley, whose elected terms will expire on March 31, have both qualified for re-election.
A third qualifier, Lenard Carlisle, 64, has also entered the race for one of the two seats.
Carlisle is a Sebring native and employee with the city of Sebring Code Enforcement Department. Carlisle has been a member of the Code Enforcement Board for the past four years, and has served as president of the board for the past two years.
"I was born and raised in Sebring. I've always been interested in what is going on in this city. I love Sebring," Carlisle said.
Carlisle is not only a resident and native of Sebring, but a business owner as well, much like many of the current members of city council.
Carlisle began his company, Living Water Services Inc. (a citrus irrigation company), in 1984, and has been in the business since the late 1970s. The experienced businessman knows all about agriculture, economics and culture of the Heartland and is excited to possibly become a more hands-on part of the Sebring community.
"I decided to do this because I wanted to do something different. I know in a city council or county board or any type of council changes are sometimes needed," Carlisle said. "I think new blood is always a good thing. Sometimes the people that sit on the board for a long time become a little insensitive to the needs of the people; a fresh mind with fresh ideas helps that not to happen."
For Carlisle's first election, he knows that he is facing two opponents that are seasoned in their positions but is hopeful that the people will make their decisions for who they think is best fit for the jobs.
"I know one of the guys (opponents) pretty well. The other I don't know; some of the council members I don't know all that well. I'm not running just to beat somebody out of something. I just think it's time for some change. I'd like an opportunity to help the people," Carlisle said.
Carlisle's stance is that elected officials are placed in their positions to be the voice of the people. After speaking to customers and other people in the community, Carlisle feels that it is his duty to represent the citizens of Sebring with honesty and integrity.
"When you're sitting on any council you are there for the people," Carlisle said. "It's not about you. It doesn't matter what I think and I won't vote how I feel about things (if elected). I will do what is best for the city and for the people."
Elected members serve four-year terms. City council elections will take place Tuesday, March 12.
The Next New Elected Official (by: GINGERLEEDREAD - 2/20/2013)
Id like to take a moment to speak to the Citizens of The City of Sebring. I have just received my Absentee Ballot to vote in the upcoming March election of two City Council of Sebring seats that are up for election. What some of you might not be aware of is that for the past five years now I and Family have been fighting against The City of Sebring ( And the County,) for my home and property rights, my material rights, and my due process and civil rights. This case is still in the courts as I write this letter to the Editor and You the Sebring Citizen. The current and past sitting Sebring Council voted unanimously to take away my real property, my material property, without just compensation when both Federal and State Laws says just compensation is what is suppose to happen when road widening or sidewalks that need to conform to ADA requirements are involved, but in our little community a corrupt Sebring Government is not allowing this to happen and prefer to fill the Cities Lawyers pockets over its citizens to fight against rights that have already been determined to be the Citizens rights that they are taking away with technical mumbo jumbo, never addressing the actual wrongs they are creating, hoping it will disappear and be forgotten, well it wont by me and I hope others who can clearly see the wrongs being pressed upon the Citizenry here will act. This could be, and I have no doubt in the near future will be also some of you City of Sebring property owners. There is a Sebring Citizen throwing in his hat to the election ring as he has stated to me that he does not like what he has been seeing going on, as he has sat on a local board as a volunteer for the City of Sebring, and felt it time for a Council change that would actually stand up for the citizens individual and Constitutional rights first and not the rights of Local Big Business or senseless destruction of land and homes with only self preservation of current council members businesses, or buddies businesses or own local interests benefiting by abuse and corruption of a public position. His name is Lenard B. Carlisle Jr. and his name is on the ballot. I suggest to the Citizens to come out in mass and cast your Vote this March 12th Election from 7am to 7pm,(Early Voting is from the 4th to the 8th from 8am to 5pm) I also would like to ask that you make a statement to the current sitting Sebring Council by showing them a NO VOTE of confidence on your ballot by NOT voting for either current sitting Sebring City Council member seeking re-election and only marking the box next to Lenard B. Carlisle Jr. name. We need to show our local government that we will not stand for any wrong doing to the people by using our vote and its powers. Your one vote does and can make a difference here, in Sebring and in the coming years election, the same action should be taken until all Current City Council members who do not put its Citizens first are removed from their positions. (“The only Terrorists I’ve ever had to face in my life was my own current local corrupt government.”)
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