Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Mel Turner’s passing, appointing replacement

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Citrus Heights Councilman and former mayor Mel Turner, pictured during a December 2014 council meeting. // CH Sentinel

Latest letters from the community reflect on former Councilman Mel Turner’s life and also discuss who his replacement on the council will be. Submit your own letter by clicking here.

Mel Turner was one-of-a-kind and will be missed
(RE: City leaders, community mourn passing of Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner, April 20) I met Mr. Turner at a neighborhood barbecue when he was a candidate for city council. He was definitely one-of-a-kind and touched everyone he met with his kind face and warm heart. Our hearts go out to his family, we are in tears. Peace be upon all of us, my friend — you will be missed.

-Alfred Sanchez, Citrus Heights

City council should appoint Weiland to honor voters’ wishes
(RE: “How will the vacancy on Citrus Heights’ city council be filled?,” April 28) I have reviewed the list of very qualified applicants to replace Mel Turner on the council and I believe any of them would provide excellent representation of the fine citizens of Citrus Heights. Ideally, it would be my request to allow the voters to decide Mr. Turner’s replacement in a Special Election. I was present when the city council made its decision and fully understand why the council elected not to pursue that option considering the exorbitant cost involved.

Considering the significant advantage an incumbent has when seeking re-election, the council should give very careful consideration to the wishes of Citrus Heights voters. In lieu of a special election I strongly urge the council to give great deference to the results from the recent election held just six months ago. Using this logic, I believe Marcel Weiland should be appointed to fill the vacant seat.
-Tim Schaefer, Citrus Heights

*Note: Schaefer also ran for city council last year and placed fifth out of eight candidates; Weiland placed third. He and Weiland were later appointed to the planning commission earlier this year.

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