2020 ELECTION: Walsh challenging Fineberg for Seat 1 on the Board of Supervisors

Posted on May 19, 2020, 6:50 pm
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It’s election time again!

Yes, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the American people will be asked to cast their ballots in November in favor of the candidates they choose for everything from President of the United States … to three of the five seats on the Board of Supervisors of the Gateway District.

The three Supervisors who must win re-election to remain on the Gateway board with new 4-year terms are Chairperson Margaret Fineberg, Supervisor Ed Tinkle and Supervisor Kathleen Flaherty.

Both Fineberg and Flaherty have already filed for re-election to their respective seats… and multiple individuals have told the Gateway Sun that Tinkle is leaning toward running again.

Tinkle had said he would not seek a second term, however he cracked the door back open to running again a few weeks ago when it seemed as though there was opposition from other board members to updating the assessment methodology in place for the Gateway District. Although it seems like a boring issue to draw a line in the sand over, I can assure you that it’s a major issue for the district. For Tinkle, it sounds like the issue may be important enough to him that we believe he’s changed his mind and will now seek another term on the board.

We also have our first new entrant in to the field: Magnolia Lakes HOA treasurer and former (long-time) HOA president, Flavia Walsh.

Walsh filed her paperwork with Lee Elections a few days ago, formally establishing her candidacy to run against Fineberg for Seat 1 on the Board of Supervisors.

Nobody was really surprised that Walsh would run, but multiple people highly familiar with the Gateway District were totally stunned that Walsh chose to run against Fineberg.

But why would anyone be surprised when you look at her choices of incumbents to run against?

Walsh’s choices were between Fineberg (from Stoneybrook), Flaherty (Stoneybrook) or Tinkle (Gateway Greens).

Gateway Greens is twice as big as Stoneybrook, so running against Tinkle means that if Tinkle has widespread support within his home community come election day – and he’s as popular as ever there right now – you’d have more automatic votes against you.

So between the Stoneybrook candidates, would you prefer to run against Fineberg or Flaherty?

From what I know … Fineberg’s popularity is at an all-time low in both Stoneybrook and Gateway. The other issue Walsh had to consider is that in the 2016 election Flaherty worked like hell to win her seat on the board while Fineberg did not even campaign at all.

Based on my analysis, Fineberg is both the least popular of the 3 incumbents and is the one I expect to work the least to win.

Walsh apparently figured that out, and filed to run against Fineberg.

We wish Fineberg, Flaherty and Walsh luck.

As of publication time, no other candidates had officially filed according to Lee Elections.

Vice-Chairman Bill Guy and Supervisor Doug Banks were both re-elected to the Gateway board in the November 2018 election, with their terms lasting until November 2022.

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

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