Way back in the day I was a fan of a television show called Star Trek: Voyager. Oh don’t get me wrong, it clearly was no “Next Generation” but I watched most of the Voyager series anyway.

I don’t even remember what year it was, but while the show was still producing new episodes I was put in a position to speak with Tim Russ – the actor who plays the Tuvok character.

And I asked Russ a simple question: “Is Voyager ever going to get home?”

Russ told me bluntly, “That’s up to the writers.”

My understanding of the entertainment industry changed in that moment forever.

Russ has no say in what happens. He’s handed a script, does what he’s told to do, and says what he’s told to say.

The TV network wants you to to focus on Tuvok, Janeway, and Seven of Nine. But somewhere off the set there are rooms with producers and writers who decide – word for word – what the actors do and say. It’s the people behind the scenes who control what happens with the actors.

As it turns out, the exact same thing is happening with the campaign of Gateway Greens resident Delores Linscott, who is running for Seat 5 of Gateway’s Board of Supervisors in the upcoming elections.

We’ve told you several times now that a secret meeting took place in Gateway Greens, where a bunch of that community’s residents concocted a plan to increase their control of the Gateway District.

And keep in mind, this is not third-hand information. This is straight from the mouths of those who were in the room: Their specific goal is to make sure that Gateway Greens is given higher priority than any other community in Gateway.

Anyway, at that meeting they needed to choose who would run on behalf of the group. Evidently it was a difficult decision, but as the deadline to file the paperwork to establish the campaign loomed, the secret cabal settled on Linscott.

“I did not know until the night before filing that I was the one going to be on the ticket,” Linscott told the Sun via email on June 26.

So Linscott is Tuvok, the cabal members are the writers, and the current plot is to assimilate the Board of Supervisors.

Clearly, it’s an unusual situation. Never before have we been aware of a member of the Board of Supervisors who would have their own Board of Advisors.

If she wins the election this November at least Linscott’s main marching orders are clear: divert as may of Gateway’s assessment dollars as possible to benefit Gateway Greens.

So those issues should be easy enough for Linscott to know which way to vote. But what about all the other votes that take place about other matters? Who will tell Linscott which way to vote?

If there’s a consensus among the cabal, it’s easy. Someone from the audience could simply signal to Linscott what to do. Or, even easier, Supervisor Ed Tinkle could just tell would-be Supervisor Linscott which way to cast her vote since he’s sitting right there anyway.

But what if there’s strong disagreement within the group?

The Gateway Sun was told that up to 20 people were part of the meeting that established the secret cabal.

What if conflicting strategies emerge within the group? The cabal will need to develop a system to quickly make decisions and tell Linscott how to vote.

It will be an interesting dynamic to watch at Board of Supervisors meetings if the cabal wins Seat 5.

Although the cabal will want to tell Linscott how to cast her votes, I am not here to tell you how to vote this November.

But I will do my best to make sure you understand what you’re voting for. And if you live in Devonshire and want your assessment dollars primarily benefiting another community, at least you’ll know what what you’ve signed up for when you show up at the booth.

In fact, I encourage all 15 or 20 of the Gateway Greens residents who attended the secret meeting to announce their names so the public knows who all they’re voting for. We know the identify of some of the people at the meeting, and I have been watching Linscott’s campaign finance disclosures to see who donates money to Liscott for clues to who else was there. As of her most recent filing, she had not received any donations.


Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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