Transparent Candidate

One of the candidates for Lake Park Commission is an incumbent, Steve Hockman.  Interesting thing about incumbency, you have a record.

It is not always easy to determine if a first time candidate is just saying something to get elected or if they really and truly mean it, incumbency isn’t like that, you have a record.

On the incumbents campaign website he states….

Main Principle – Transparency in the Government!

One of the most important things within the government is transparency. There is nothing worse than when you request something from your government, but you end up getting the run around. As taxpayers, you have the right to know where and how your tax money is being spent and to know that the town is working hard to get the most “bang” for your tax dollars, and not just wasting them.

It is always interesting what someone says when they are running for office…. isn’t it!?!

Lots of keywords can be found on the website reflecting a “Main Principle” of Mr. Hockman, transparency, run around, know how your money is being spent, most “bang” for your buck, wasting….. all great buzz words for a candidate.

Each year as we put together the budget for the Town, one of the items I have tried to reduce is the line item for Commissioners “Travel and Training.”  When I was elected this line item was over $5,000 and thru the years I am proud to say I have been able to get it reduced to $2,500.  I must say it has been a fight each year as this is one line item in the budget that Mr. Hockman has always fought against reducing, he does not want to touch this item.

A few months ago, I asked the Town Staff for a breakdown of Commission expenses by individual from this account.  The numbers reflect each representative and their years in service…. it really is quite telling and transparent!

Allow me to share the numbers, with the complete breakdown listed below….

2009:

Commissioner Rumsey          $1,195.87

2010:

Commissioner Hockman       $1,347.49

Commissioner Longtin          $1,023.43

2011:

Commissioner Hockman      $1,461.40

Commissioner Longtin          $325.00

Commissioner Rumsey          $983.13

Commissioner Stevens           $1,224.08

Mayor Dubois                          $479.71

2012:

Commissioner Hockman      $3,139.54

Commissioner Stevens          $45.00

Mayor Dubois                          $1051.96

TOTAL EXPENDITURES BY COMMISSIONER:

Commissioner Hockman:  2010 – 2012  – THREE YEARS          $5,948.43

Commissioner Longtin: 2010 – 2012 – THREE YEARS               $1,348.43

Commissioner Rumsey: 2009 – 2012 – FOUR YEARS                 $2,179.00

Commissioner Stevens:  2011 – 2012 – TWO YEARS                    $1,269.08

Mayor Dubois:  2011 – 2012 – TWO YEARS                                    $1,531.67

An interesting note to take away from the numbers above….  in three years Mr. Hockman spent only $379.75 less than the other four representatives COMBINED!  Transparency.

It is easy to throw up numbers on a list and show how much a Commissioner has spent, but I do think it is important to show the actual expenditures.  After all if I told you, a  Commissioner charged the Town over $325.00 for shirts in a year you may think I was making it up, or if I told you a Commissioner charged the Town to attend seven conferences in three years, that too may be considered a bit of an exaggeration.

Incumbency is interesting…..you have a record.

Below you will find a breakdown of Commissioner Hockman’s individual expenditures charged to the Town from 2010 – 2012.  (Keep in mind, the numbers are reflected thru SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, we have a whole new five months of spending that isn’t even accounted for here!)

2010:

Shirts:                                                                        $332.32

Travel Advance/ FLC Annual Conference         $194.00

Westin Diplomat Hotel/ FLC Annual Conf       $496.17

Registration/ FLC Annual Conference               $325.00

2010 Total:                                                         $1,347.49

2011:

PBC League of Cities Installment Luncheon    $50.00

Registration FLC                                                    $325.00

Travel Advance/ FLC Annual Conference        $313.93

Marriott Hotel/ FLC Annual Conference          $516.39

Marriott Hotel/Credit Charges                           -$41.40

Reimburse Parking                                                -$15.00

Intercontinental Hotel/Inst Elected Officials  $312.48

2011 Total:                                                         $1,461.40

2012:

Travel Adv/Institute of Elected Officials           $350.86

Travel Adv/FLC Annual Legislative Conf         $303.63

Bus Dev Board/ Life Science Lunch                   $45.00

Registration/FLC Legislative Conf                     $87.50

Registration/PBC Day                                           $100.00

Travel/American Airlines/PBC Day                   $291.40

Hyatt Regency/FLC Legislative Conf                 $328.00

Travel Advance/PBC Day                                     $86.50

Doubletree/PBC Day                                             $418.00

PBC League of Cities/Installation Luncheon   $50.00

Registration/FLC                                                   $325.00

Gold Coast Annual Breakfast                              $20.00

Travel Advance/FLC Annual Conf                     $256.65

Westin Diplomat/FLC Annual Conf                  $477.00

2012 Total:                                                        $3,139.54

Transparency shows that Steve Hockman has been a free spending, conference attending, luncheon going, shirt wearing, four star hotel staying, good time guy.  Sadly, the people of Lake Park have suffered from cuts, staff members have been laid off, employees have taken furlough days and with Mr. Hockman the conferences just keep on coming.

Mr. Hockman wants transparency in government…. it is funny how he has never discussed these expenditures with the citizenry before.

It’s a funny thing about transparency….. if you don’t walk the walk…. then your talk can come back to bite you!

Lake Park Commission Candidate Forum

Lake Park Town HallWednesday, February 27th, the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum in Lake Park Town Hall.

The forum was designed for residents to get to know the candidates for the Lake Park Commission.

The full slate of candidates were on hand answering questions posed to them by Executive Board Members of the Chamber.

Five of the candidates presented a vision for the community.

Five of the candidates answered the questions posed by the panel thoughtfully and with hope for the future.

Five of the candidates represent a new direction for the Town, a look towards the future and a “work together” mentality that will help move the Town of Lake Park forward as neighbors; not a divided town of old vendettas that date back to the 90’s.

Five of the candidates deserve our votes!

The incumbent continued his policy of blame everyone else, offer no positive solutions and accept credit for things he had nothing to do with.

We have five candidates who have dedicated their time, talents and service to the Town of Lake Park and we have an incumbent.

Get to know your candidates, we have five who will be great for our community.  Get to know them and VOTE on March 12th!

Diane Bernhard

Kimberly Glas Castro

Erin Flaherty

Michael O’Rourke

Kathleen Rapoza

Let’s help Lake Park fulfill our greatness and meet our destiny, together!

The Candidate Forum will be replayed daily until next Wednesday, March 6th at 11AM and 7PM on Comcast Channel 18.

Filing Ends in Lake Park

LPlogonewToday at noon the filing period for Lake Park Commission came to an end.  (I will have more to say about the candidates who filed later.)

Before the new campaign gets into full swing, I want to take a moment to recognize two of my colleagues who decided not to run for reelection.

Of the four commissioners this year, three of us chose not to run again, while I am sure some are happy about this fact, I know there are others who are not.

I do not know why my colleagues chose not to run, but what I know for myself is, we need YOU the community to take a more active role and not let a small group of nay-sayers rule the town.

Remember those of us of like minds for our Town’s future are in the MAJORITY, yet a small verbal minority has held Lake Park captive for far too long…. TAKE YOUR TOWN BACK LAKE PARK!

Now to my colleagues who chose not to run.  Jeanine Longtin and Tim Stevens, allow me to thank you for your service to the Town of Lake Park.

Jeanine and I rarely agree on anything, we have battled for three years and it has not often been pretty for either of us, however; I have never and will never doubt Jeanine’s passion for our Town.

Jeanine and I have a very different outlook on where our Town should go, I respect her for taking a stand and sticking to her convictions, you always know where Jeanine stands and in today’s politics, that is a virtue.

Tim Stevens came to the Commission two short years ago, he made an impact from his first night on the dias and I appreciate his service.  Tim is the young, bright future we need in Town leadership and I am sorry to see that he will not be continuing to serve as a Commissioner, hopefully his days of service to Lake Park are not over.

I appreciate both Jeanine and Tim’s service to Lake Park, they are great examples of stepping up and making a difference for the community.

Over the next month, our Town will make a choice for the direction we will go, it will be exciting and I look forward to a new team at the helm.

We have a bright future Lake Park, let’s all work together to move forward!