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BOD Candidates Speak Out at Residents' Forum


Story and video by Jeannette Carrillo/Link; photos by Adrian Cole


Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony moderated Sun City’s BOD candidates’ meet-and-greet sponsored by the Residents’ Forum on January 11. The annual event gives homeowners a chance to meet, speak with and ask questions of candidates running for Sun City’s Board of Directors.
This year the field has yielded nine candidates, each vying for one of five open seats on the nine-member Board. The top four vote-getters will serve two-year terms, while the fifth position will be appointed for one year as that seat represents the remaining term of former BOD member Sue Papilion, who resigned from the Board in 2016.
Residents arrived early for the event that started at 7 p.m., giving them enough time to meet candidates, shake a few hands and collect biographical information on those running.
At 7 p.m., Councilman Anthony read the rules of the evening, which included a 3-minute introduction by each candidate, followed by a Q&A. Questions were presented to the candidates by the Councilman from submissions collected by Residents’ Forum members who staffed a table for that purpose inside the ballroom.
In their introductions, the candidates addressed everything from their background to why they are seeking a spot on Sun City’s top board.
Former BOD member Bruce Alitt addressed what he described as a need to get back to basics as one of the reasons he is asking for residents’ votes.
“We have a system set up here where committees are advisors to the Board. … This has kind of been lost to a point this year and I’d like to see us getting back to basics, getting control (because) it is imperative we keep Sun City beautiful and modernized for new people and people like me who’ve been here for 20 years.”
“I’m a baby boomer and I’m looking to find a sense of community,” said Marsha Klein, adding “I think this board should be as diverse as the population it represents.”
For Jay Sesto, he said he’s surprised when residents ask him, “Aren’t you on the Board already?” While Jay says his answer to that question is no, he added, “I did run last time and was narrowly defeated. And like a good prize-fighter, I’m back for a second round.”
Being on the Board has been an eye-opener for incumbent Ken Resnik, who said that his primary goal while serving has been to ensure that all of Sun City’s financial investments are federally protected. That wasn’t always the case, said Ken, when he won his seat four years ago. “Since I became treasurer I have worked to make that happen (and that work continues).”
At his turn to speak, former BOD member Leo Crawford said, “I, too, took a year off, and now I am running again. I would like to make Sun City a better place, so people enjoy living here.”

Current BOD member Jim Akers addressed residents’ dues, describing how he has worked hard with fellow Board members to seek out projects, like renting space for cell towers, which results in revenue that helps keep monthly assessments in check.
It took the seventh and current Board member seeking re-election to bring up the subject of golf.
“I love playing golf. That’s why I moved here,” said Joe O’Connell. Adding a bit of levity to the seriousness of the evening, Joe called out the full moon and said the candidates must be crazy to want to work for hours and hours without remuneration. “But it’s the greatest feeling knowing you’ve done something really well,” said Joe.
Following Joe, newbie to the election process, Barbara Holden said, “I want to build on the success of others. I am not a single-issue candidate. We must replace apathy with ideas and actions while being firm and fair. I am a candidate of change. I’m not a fan of change, but I believe in it. Change is hard.”
Rounding out the introductions, current Board member Ken Caroccia said, “I have been on the Board for 12 years. Not only do I contribute to my community but my wife, Heidi, is a monitor. I do not welcome you as residents and friends, I welcome you as family because that’s what you are to me.” Describing what he feels are integral characteristics of a good Board member, Ken said, “A Board member should have endurance; some weeks we work four hours, some weeks we work 20. Our budget is $14 million, and because of that, a Board member should have the talent to negotiate, work well with others and have good judgment.”

Open Mic Is Back for 2017 -- First Show Set for Wednesday, 6 p.m., at The Summit

If you love live music, then you’ll love Open Mic Night, which features a lineup of local talent, including resident who take the stage to share their musical chops.
Open Mic gets under way at The Summit on Wednesday, January 18, 6-8 p.m. Musicians wishing to take the microphone can sign up for a spot during the evening, starting at 5:30 p.m.
According to event organizer, Sun City resident Melanie Spector, “The big news is that we now have a piano for use by Open Mic performers! So, let your piano-playing pals know and invite them to come perform.
The Summit Snack Bar
will now offer several items for purchase during the event, such as hot dogs, pizza by the slice, cheese nachos, wraps and more.

Dance Company Las Vegas Has Your Ticket to a Great Time

Tap Open House
Come try a FREE tap class


Saturday, January 21, 11 a.m., at the Pinnacle Community Center
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Report Mail Theft Immediately

If you have been the victim of mail theft, the U.S. Postal Service needs your help. To report mail stolen from your home’s mailbox, or the large blue community mailboxes, call 877-876-2455. When reporting the crime, please be sure to provide as much information as possible regarding time, location and type of mail stolen. According to a local U.S. postal inspector, the more information a caller can provide, the better chance there is of solving the crime.

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Security Patrol drivers cover the entire community, every day and night. They are the most likely source to find a lost pet and begin the process of reuniting it with its owner. If anyone spots a dog running loose, or if their own pet goes AWOL, they can escalate a happier story-ending by calling Security Patrol at 254-2303, right away.

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