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PD supports Ron Militello, Pam Stafford for City Council

It's hard to imagine that there's anybody in Rohnert Park who isn't aware. But here's a reminder anyway: There's an election today, the most divisive in the city's 42-year history.

It concerns the proposed recall of two City Council members - Armando Flores and Amie Spradlin.

Some argue correctly that this is retribution for the City Council's support of plans by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to build a casino and resort outside of town. But it's more than that.

It's a referendum on how the council majority has handled this highly sensitive community issue. In particular, it concerns the council's refusal to make important decisions in public and its decision to forge ahead with a casino revenue-sharing agreement without a clear community mandate. On these points, we agree that the council majority has failed in its responsibilities, and we support the recall.

Of those running to replace Flores and Spradlin - whom we supported two years ago - we recommend Ron Militello and Pamela Stafford. Militello, 49, is a local businessman and a former planning commissioner who has the most city experience of any challenger. Stafford, 55, a bank teller and fitness instructor, also has a history of civic involvement.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots can be dropped off personally at any polling place before 8 p.m. Make your vote count.


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