Fernandina Observer

Congratulations to all those who won in our recent local elections, and thank you to all those who put themselves out for public service. It is not easy to campaign for public office, and it was particularly challenging to do so during the global pandemic.

We are guardedly optimistic about the impact that new leadership can have on our county commission. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, over 100 years ago, made his famous statement that “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” in a 1913 Harper’s Weekly article, entitled “What Publicity Can Do.” Transparency and sunshine in government is certainly something that we need right now and always. While the recent election results are encouraging in this regard, work remains to achieve a truly open, honest, and transparent county government.

Now that the elections are effectively over for all local races, the hard part begins. Careful stewardship of our community is vitally important to our future property values and quality of life. I encourage everyone to remain engaged in local matters to ensure Nassau County is competently led and that we hold our elected leaders accountable for the decisions they make on our behalf. Accountability and transparency are among the main reasons we formed Citizens for a Better Nassau County. These two tenets shape our mission. We encourage accountability from politicians and government employees and urge them to embrace transparency and fairness as fundamental to their service to our community.

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