Keep the time and date, and please take the time to vote for the candidates of your choice. I have a supply of mail-in ballots. If readers need a ballot, just let me know, and I will get one to you.
Again, I thank and support the current Fire Commissioners. They have risen through the ranks, understand the Fire Department, and have managed with strength, integrity, and skill. Attorney Larry Loigman has entered the race, but Vince and Juan have earned our support from their years of dedicated service to the Lakewood Fire District. Thank you Vince Lobello and Juan Ortiz. Continue to serve proudly and with honor and pride.
There are allegations that the Fire District budget has irregularities, in that the true financial assets and/or reserves in the district are larger than what is being disclosed to the public. Attorney Loigman and his supporters have provided copies of Fire District minutes, audits from forensic auditors, and other commentary. Attorney Loigman questions the need for a Board of Fire Commissioners, citing that there is no other Board of Commissioners for any other organization. Attorney Loigman believes that Fire Commissioners, if they exist at all, must be highly skilled business people, and that long time experience as a fire fighter is not necessary. Attorney Loigman contends that that duty and responsibility lies with the Fire Chief/s. All of this is food for thought, and it is now up to residents to use their best judgment, as they go to the polls on Saturday, February 18. The candidates are as follows:
Vince Lobello Incumbent
Juan Ortiz Incumbent
Larry Loigman, Esq. Challenger