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Issues and Voices that Matter September 17, 2009

Voting Smart: Former Oviedo Mayor Tom Walters

Voting Smart

To offer a bit of advice to voters seeking to be “voting smart,” we turn to a former 6-year elected city official. Walters offers suggestions as to how best to judge candidates. We also asked him to offer his perspective on the challenges cities and candidates face on the journey to the November 3rd city elections. Feature length – 19:03

(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck)

The election season is upon us — or at least so in the Seminole County cities of Longwood and Oviedo. They are the only cities to step out with candidates to elect for city office on Tuesday, November 3rd.

Here on Central Florida Matters, we’re making plans to speak with each candidate in the weeks to come. Yet, before we present the candidates and their platforms to you, we’re thinking it’s time to first be sure we become smart voters prior to casting our vote at the polls.

We start this process now… in a recurring feature we’re going to call “Voting Smart.”

Thomas G. Walters is a 61 year old retired US Air Force colonel, having served 28 year in officer positions, most recently as Vice Commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Air Force base in Tacoma, Washington.

Former Mayor Tom Walters’ 6year term of service gave him and his city council members a fairly unprecedented period of success, growth and prosperity. Walters served as mayor in the 4th largest city out of 7 cities in Seminole County. With a population in 2007 of 32,000 residents, Walters’ timing could not have been better in leaving office just before evidence was being encountered of a challenging economic recession looming over the county and the cities. His 6 year term in office lent itself well to many of our questions kicking off our “voting smart” series.

In what you’ll hear in a wide-ranging interview covering media, ethics and the Sunshine Law to name just a few, we first ask former mayor Walters to set the scene for what candidates and voters face on this road to “voting smart.”

Pictures & Extended interviews

Stephen McKenney Steck w/Walters at the table Walters solo Stephen McKenney Steck w/Walters at table
Former Oviedo Mayor Tom Walters (red shirt)
and Stephen McKenney Steck
Extended interview (56:10)
Friday, September 4, 2009


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