Pensacola Politics

Councilwoman Myers and her Fresh Start memo

November 28, 2012

Before the Pensacola City Council voted yesterday on its new president and vice-president, Councilwoman Sherri Myers handed out a memo entitled “Time for a Fresh Start.”

In the memo, she described the council president – who was Maren Deweese in 2011 and Sam Hall in 2012 – as the “face of the city council.” She wrote that the president must be perceived as a “person of integrity, one who is forthright, honest and transparent.”

She praised council newcomer and first-time elected official Charles Bare for his detailed resume on his nomination form and disparaged Jewel Cannada-Wynn for only listing as a qualification that she was a former council member and Brian Spencer for not providing “empirical evidence” of his community support. Myers didn’t mention that she contributed to Bare’s political campaign.

The councilwoman dismissed P.C. Wu and Spencer as viable contenders for the council presidency because they appeared at a press conference in support of Mayor’s veto of a council budget amendment. She believed that the council members violated the Sunshine Law and cast a “shadow of doubt” on the city council by appearing with the mayor.

Myers went on to ask that the selection of council president be removed from politics and pledged to reform the President selection process and protect it from self-serving political interest. She urged the council to support Bare because of his demonstration of good judgment, character above reproach and organizational skills.

And while she had problems with Cannada-Wynn and Spencer not listing in detail their qualifications to lead the council, she had no problem with Megan Pratt not doing so and supported Pratt for vice president.

In the end, the council elected P.C. Wu council president –with only Myers and Bare voting for Bare. Cannada-Wynn was elected vice president.

Here is the memo: Myers’ Fresh Start

  • Barbara Mayall December 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    BTW I called Dr. Wu and gave him my support!

  • Barbara Mayall December 1, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    You know nothing about me and as for an outlet, I can speak own my own thank you. I don’t need Sherri or anyone else to speak for me. So before you talk about me (of which you know nothing about me)I would appreciate you not include me in your conversation until you get to know me.

  • grandot November 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Your comments cause one to stop and recognize that mannerisms sometimes are weighed more than the message attempting to be shared. Apparently you were also having a petulant moment. May you find time to understand the true values of community which underly the passions mispoken or not of these individuals, myself included. I do not believe that I know you, but I wish you peace.

  • rachel terry November 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Name me one elected official in Escambia County filled with more hate than Sherri Myers. I am not looking for debate, just names.j

    Some use their intellect to build, or to tear down and build, but Sherri, no, she is only about destruction. She offers nothing constructive. Sherri is a tornado when a zephyr would be better.

    Sherri believes one can govern from the heart, devoid of intellect. Hers and Bare’s attempt to hijack the city council elections failed miserably.

    She and Bare believed they had a mandate.

    She won against milquetoast and little effort on her part.

    He won against a weakened candidate, one who was the victim of political fallout and poor health.

    Ms. Myers, that is not a mandate to govern.

    I recommend Ms. Myers and Mr. Bear go back to university and take a class in Politics 101.

    It appears Sherri is in worse shape now than before the installation of new members. It’s her and Bare. That’s it.

    Neither will compromise to govern.

    Sherri’s a crusader. No matter how many crusades she wins, there’s always another battle to fight.

    For Bare, no one is as smart nor moral as he, so compromise is out of the question for him.

    Mayor Hayward is in much better shape now than with the former city council, but she and Bare act if the two have some sort of moral mandate.

    Curious indeed!

    Barbara Mayall, Sara Beard, Diane Mack, Dixie Miese, Dorothy Dubuisson, Georgia Blackmon, Liz Watkins and Ann Regan need another outlet for their petulance.

  • Alice Harris November 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I was hoping the l “fresh start” in the title referred to her willingness to participate in a fresh start with the mayor and thethe reconstituted city council. Too bad there is no hint of that sort of fresh start. Just the same old thing. I see.

  • Ames November 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I feel quite certain that somewhere there is a list of qualifications for the office of city council person, but at this moment I am curious to know if there is a list of disqualifications….I’m sure this a likely a nice woman, but there are issues that should be addressed.

  • Moose November 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I don’t know if her endorsement necessarily hurt Bare, but it didn’t help.

  • joe November 28, 2012 at 11:25 am

    That memo is more evidence that she’s definitely a strange woman. Bizarre may be a better word.