Editor: With deference to the Dunedin citizen who thinks illicit was improperly used to describe the documented election violations in Largo, we agree. The proper word to use was illegal. Since that man obviously doesn't know, the Largo Charter specifically states that they are misdemeanors, which, for those who don't understand, means criminal acts punishable by law, which the charter also calls for.
The city attorney and city manager stated that other commissioners had done the same thing in the past. I asked them, did that make all those previous violations permissible? The answer was no. The fact that previous people broke the laws, while others adhered to the law, does not make the previous unlawful actions OK. But this time, some got caught. Call the judge.
For the record, the four incumbents who broke this law have a total of 29 years in office, have gone through a total of 11 elections of their own and, at each election cycle are required to sign a legal form stating they have been given, understand and will abide by the state and local election laws. They also participate in a class offered by the city every election cycle to educate them on the election laws. So their argument that they were unaware of the law is not only moot, it is idiotic, and anyone who would argue the above documentation is in the same category.
I have personally run in a half-dozen election races and have known many respectable previous commissioners. We all assiduously remained strictly apart from just these acts. We knew about them, and we adhered to the rules. These violations, and the resulting mentality and actions by the violators, only personifies the need for change in the makeup of the Largo Commission.