The Benjamin for Mayor camp is evidently still trying to educate the public as the hours tick down to the end of this runoff race. Benjamin campaign workers have been passing out sample ballots at precincts across the City of Columbia pointing voters to both “Steve Benjamin” for Mayor of Columbia and “Tony Mizzell” for City Council District 4.
Ironically, they even gave copies to Councilman Finlay and his mother as they entered their precinct earlier today.
Problem with this “educational effort” is that no one in the Benjamin camp apparently asked Tony Mizzell if he wanted to be included.
To that end, Mizzell was just recently spotted at one precinct in District 4 picking up sample ballots from voters standing outside the door and tossing them in the trash can.
Meanwhile, over in the Rosewood community, some firefighters have been greeting voters as they make their way into the polling places notifying them to vote for Benjamin, because they “may not be able to respond to fire quickly if Finlay is elected mayor.”
That’s kind of ironic, saying that Assistant City Manager for Public Safety Mike King informed his boss, City Manager Steve Gantt, today…
The FY 2010/2011 budget request for CFD, reflects and supports the full funding of all fire suppression and prevention responsibilities, to include fully restoring both Engine 8 and Engine 9 to service. The funding requested will provide for full staffing levels of Firefighters. Any reduction in staffing/funding amounts will focused at the Executive/Administrative levels; example – not funding a Assistant Chief’s Position, Part time Computer Operator Position, and the elimination/transfer of an Executive Assistant’s position to the ACM of Public Safety’s Office.
Seems that City Hall knows something that the firefighters in Rosewood don’t. Hopefully, they’ll get that information out sooner than later today.