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Resident to be panel candidate



FRONT ROYAL -- Town resident Manuel D. Vicente announced his candidacy for the Town Council election in May.

Born in Cuba, Vicente moved to the United States with his parents, and continued on to college and served in the Air Force.

He and his wife have lived in Front Royal since 2003, and they have four children.
In a release Vicente sent out Friday afternoon, he says, "I will work to have the town live within its means and to find ways to cut taxes, especially on food and cars. I am a strong supporter of local government not being influenced by outside special interests."

The election date is set for May 1, 2012, and citizens will have a chance to vote for three Town Council seats and the mayor.




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Vicente has an honorable platform. I wish him the best of luck in reducing state sales taxes (tax on food) at the town level. Silly me, I thought those issues were legislated in Richmond, at the state level.

Why all the closed mouth secrecy surrounding Vicente? Not much background information given about Vicente to help voters know something about him. Where did he go to college? Where does he work? What is his profession? EVERY candidate in the past rolls out the tried and true formula of promising lower taxes, yet when these same people get elected, they raise taxes! Why should voters believe this candidate will be any different? What has he accomplished that suggests his promises will be kept?

Does Vicente believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute?

While I am a proponent of government living within it's means and having reasonable taxes I think Mr. Vicente should do a little more research before announcing his political platform. If he is interested enough to have done any checking into the town government, I believe he will find it is doing pretty well to live within it's means by comparison to the Federal Government and many other locales. Any politician, or anyone else for that matter, that thinks we can live in a world where taxes are not increased at a reasonable rate, or cut taxes, does not have a grasp on reality. I have lived here for thirty years and have heard the tax situation argued for the entire time. The citizens of Front Royal need to realize if they want to continue to receive benefits and services from government, the piper must be paid in the form of increased taxes. Nobody wants to pay more out of their pocket in an economy like this but the reality of the situation is that without some way to get more taxes into the town coffers, services will suffer. So the next time you see a pothole in the road or you call a town office where the phone isn't answered promptly or see volunteers being used as crossing guards at the schools, Mr. Vicente, ask yourself if the town can really do with less. I think it's time the members of the Town Council go to the people that elect them and be honest and say "Yes we probably will need to have a tax increase and if we don't, here are the consequences". All any of us want from our elected officials is reality and honesty.

Why all the attention and focus on Mr. Vincente? There are other candidates running as well. You are going to make them green with envy if you keep this up!

Do you post under different names? Either you do or ThankGodforMakingMeanAthiest and yourself were seperated at birth without your knowing!

And here I thought you HAD to be a resident of the town to run for town council?
But according to this story heading, you don't HAVE to be. Otherwise, that part of the heading is moot.

I'd like to understand what taxes Mr. Vicente wants to lower on "food and cars." Is he talking about the sales tax we pay at the grocery store? Is he talking about meals taxes? What taxes does he want to cut on cars? How is he going to either replace the revenue that is lost or cut the services that this revenue paid for?

I think we need to be asking these questions of ALL the candidates for office. The reality is that the cost to run the government continues to rise.



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