Letter to the editor – Kaydee Tuff

A candidate’s life

As people grow weary of the fray from the political season, I’d like to share a view from the candidate’s perspective.

My husband, Russell Tuff, entered the District 3 Collier County Commission race more than a year ago, and it has been an eye-opening experience. I have gained tremendous respect for the resolve of candidates who run for political office at any level.

The campaign requires you to bare your entire life – financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually — for public view and critique. You prepare speeches that rarely present as well publicly as they did at home. You eat humble pie every morning, knowing you will spend your day asking people for help. You awake in the middle of the night, fretting over an endless list of to-dos.

As your hair thins, stomach aches, feet grow sore and you lose the ability to recall what life was like before the campaign, you have to stop and ask yourself, “What in the world am I doing?”

The answer is, “The right thing.”

Where would we be without great leaders willing to sacrifice and persevere to serve their constituents? Russell Tuff has done this his entire life as evidenced by a long list of business, church, community and governmental service. But even more importantly, he has done all this while serving his family as a dedicated husband and father.

On Aug. 30, join me in voting for a great leader – my husband — for Collier County Commission, District 3.

Kaydee Tuff, Golden Gate