The election for Mason City Council representing Ward 3 offers the voters two candidates who couldn't be more different. Their backgrounds, their experience, their style, their temperament and their views on where the city should be headed give voters a clear choice when they cast their ballots Nov. 8.
In the choice between current at-large Councilman Max Weaver and former Mayor Jean Marinos to represent the southeast quarter of the city, we endorse Marinos as the best choice for Ward 3.
It's no secret that we have been critical of Weaver in the past, and we have used this space numerous times to chastise him for his actions at City Council meetings that we felt cast a poor light on the city and ill-served the people he was elected to represent.
Weaver frequently has been disrespectful to his fellow council members and the mayor (several different mayors, in fact), to city employees and even to members of the public. He has gone off on self-aggrandizing rants that have done little to add to the discussions at hand. He said he fights for the "little guy" and asks the "tough questions," but those claims fall hollow when stacked up against his record.
We think the Mason City Council would function better and represent the city better if Weaver were not part of it.
But this isn't just about why we don't think Weaver should get another term at the council table.
Fortunately in this election there is another candidate who is easy to endorse, regardless of her opposition.
Jean Marinos has a commendable history as a public servant: 15 years on the Mason City School Board including four years as its president; mayor of Mason City from 2003 to 2006, a position she won outright against nine other opponents in a race that everyone had been sure would require a runoff; and most recently as president of Wright on the Park Inc. which took over and completed the marvelous restoration and reopening of the Historic Park Inn Hotel.
She is also a businesswoman, owning American Realty in Mason City with her husband, Jim, and has been president of the Mason City Downtown Association.
Marinos said her involvement with the hotel restoration is one of the things that prompted her to run for City Council. She said she has become even more aware of the economic potential of Mason City and wants to help make that happen. She also said she wants to be part of creating a positive attitude for the community to combat the negativity and acrimony that have come from different quarters.
Marinos is professional, rational, smart, experienced and ready.
In a candidate's forum a couple of weeks ago, she made the statement, "Pick the style you want representing you."
We pick Jean Marinos as the best choice for Mason City Council Ward 3.