Tom D’Asto would like to unseat Mary Kay Sigaty for the District 4 council seat. He ran unsuccessfully against her four years and now he is prepared to give it another shot.
It would be an understatement to say that he faces an uphill battle. He seems to know that too. In this story by Sarah Breitenbach in the Columbia Flier he acknowledges that the county does a good job “with providing for schools in our area, they did a good job clearing the snow off the streets this winter -- I can't complain about that."
So how does he plan to distinguish himself from the popular incumbent?
“D'Asto, 44, said he is wary of developers and their commitment to uphold agreements with the county.
"I'm just (going to) hold their feet to the fire," he said.
Okay, but I hope he can provide some specifics about where and when the county has failed to hold a developers feet to the fire. The most recent egregious failing of a developer in the county that I know of is the Villas at Cattail Creek waste treatment fiasco with J. Thomas Scrivener and Don Ruewer. In that case the county sued the developer. While that may not exactly match the medieval torture that Tom referred to it’s about as much as the county can do.
The bottom line is that Mary Kay has done a pretty good job seeing that the community’s interest is served by the development community. In both the village center redevelopment legislation and the Town Center redevelopment legislation she worked to insure that the commitments made by developers were enforceable.
I’m sure Tom is a nice guy and is fully capable of doing a good job but if he wants to win the District 4 council seat he’ll need to present a much more compelling argument for replacing Mary Kay.