I first met Sally McGinnis four years ago when she was first campaigning for city commission. She was extremely active in the community: working on the Board of Directors for several organizations and serving on virtually every board in the city. She was very energetic and would often talk about her vision for Winter Springs. Naturally personable, I later discovered that many of my neighbors already knew who she was and were already strong supporters.
Her campaign faced tough opposition from two other candidates, and what made it even tougher was the fact that Sally had the audacity NOT run as a republican in this ultra-conservative town. Nonetheless, she won handily. Right now, Sally is the only Democrat on the commission.
She has worked closely with the mayor and the other commissioners to improve our good city, and the results are obvious. Living in the Highlands subdivision, I live in what’s known as Old Winter Springs. A lot of us were feeling pretty neglected, but there has been a massive beautification effort during the past few years. Now we have fancy walkways, hump-back lanterns, gazebos, and landscaping along 434 (Village Walk) that lead to the new Town Center, which is still growing.
I’m also pleased about the Central Winds expansion, the new dog park, and the free Wi-Fi access for all Winter Springs residents---(despite GOP St. Sen. Lee Constantine’s interference).
Sally got elected because she connected with voters, and she will be re-elected because she helped deliver results. In local politics, that trumps your political party each and every time. (So you can’t call me a hypocrite, I have actually backed and even campaigned for local politicians that have an R next to their name.) My neighbors are all ultra-conservative, but they love and support Sally McGinnis.
Although I’m sure her last minute opponent, Matt Matisak, is a nice guy, I just don’t know him.
But I’m willing to bet my neighbors don’t know him either.