To the Editor:
Let me start out by saying I do not live in St. Charles. My wife and I live just outside the city limits. We go to the St. Charles Public Library. We shop and frequent restaurants in St. Charles, and our children’s lives have evolved around friends living in town.
Being recently retired, there is time to pursue the many things one cannot seem to find the time for when both in a marriage work. One of those things has been to attend some of the local political events. So, we have attended one of the mayoral forums recently held. It struck me you have two sides to one coin: candidates of a non-business background, and those with a business background. For too long our government bodies – local, state and federal – have been run by those without business experience. It shows. Look at our problems. It seems, to me, that being a mayor is about business, not lesson plans, not having a brand.
St. Charles needs new direction. That being said, the field narrows. The candidate I support is one I know personally, Jotham Stein. Since I know Jotham, I can recommend him as family-oriented, hardworking, honest and fair. His character and values drive his insistence on keeping the mayoral office free of conflict of interest. Life is seldom black and white, not only about money, and not always fair. Dealing with all that is right up Jotham’s alley. He is a successful attorney and author, with several offices representing clients and businesses all over the country. St. Charles would do well in electing him the next mayor.