Anne Mooney has assumed the editorship of the Winter Park Voice from founding editor Tom Childers.
Mooney got her start in New York as a freelance line editor for book publishers, among them Simon & Schuster and the Clarkson Potter division of Crown Books. From New York, she and her husband and their year-old toddler moved to Washington, D.C., where the two ran a newswire service for Harper’s magazine. “We called it Network News,” said Mooney, “because it was a network of the Harper’s writers, whose work we edited into newspaper style and format and sold to papers in the top U.S. and Canadian markets. We were sort of like a tiny UPI.”
The newswire ceased operation with the death of Mooney’s first husband, but Mooney continued to write and edit, doing freelance work for Williams Sonoma cookbooks and for local publications in D.C.
In 2005, Mooney moved to Winter Park, where she worked as a personal chef and wrote a regular food column for a south Florida magazine. She took an active interest in Winter Park politics and was there when the Winter Park Voice was founded. She wrote occasional pieces for the Voice, including the Childers bio that this piece replaces.
The Winter Park Voice is one of a large number of “hyper-local” publications that have sprung up across the U.S. in response to the decline of the major daily newspapers and the resulting deficit of local news coverage. The Voice’sbeat is Winter Park City Hall, and its purpose is to help the residents of our city better understand the political forces that shape our daily lives.
Winter Park has only been in Orange County since the 1800’s, so it’s understandable that the Supervisor of Elections forgot that Winter Park has never had district City Commissioners.
Remember, this is the same Supervisor of Elections who will tell us who the winner is on Election Day.
The accuracy or lack thereof of official election results is the core issue at hand in Winter Park and always has been – the cause of every problem Winter Park residents have with their City Commission.
This would be an ideal year for Winter Park residents to test the validity of reported official election results,
This is what The Voice doesn’t want you to read.
All it takes to test the honesty of reported official election results is a few residents going door to door, calling on the phone, or sending a mailer to each adult Winter Park resident and ask three very simple questions:
1) Did you vote in the City Commissioners election?
2) Did you vote in person or by mail?
3) Who did you vote for?
And then compare these responses with what the Supervisor of Elections wants Winter Park residents to believe about the election results.
Without such a test, Winter Park residents can be assured that once again this year, their City Commissioners will be appointed by those who rule in the shadows, and without regard to the will of the people’s votes.
But you will never read this, because The Voice has censured it so you will remain ignorant about how things work in Winter Park.