After I attend the last council meeting, I was taken aback by the anger and dissent of most of Nancy Dumas’ and Randy Hynek’s supporters. They clearly directed their angst at the mayor and council candidates who chose not to attend a forum earlier this month.
After I observed their behavior, it was obvious to me and many other citizens exactly why the council members chose not to subject themselves to their inappropriate and hostile behavior.
What’s more, their anger struck me as inconsistent, if not downright hypocritical. When The News Tribune endorsed Mayor Dave Enslow for re-election, it made a point of noting Dumas did not respond to a request for an interview. Similarly, Hynek wouldn’t attend a forum earlier where his opponent, Kathy Hayden, was willing to answer all questions, as did every other candidate running for city council or mayor in Sumner. Where was this group’s outrage then?
These were both missed opportunities for voters to hear their positions on a variety of issues related to city government and leadership. Dumas and Hynek seem to only be interested in talking with voters if they can be sure their hostile supporters will be standing nearby.
I don’t know about the rest of Sumner, but I’m ready to move on from the madness. I’m supporting Dave Enslow for mayor and Kathy Hayden for city council.