Sunday, March 16, 2008
An Invitation and Observations on the August Primary
The April 8th School Bond Election is beginning to draw attention from voters. As is usually the case, proponents of the school property tax increase are singing the blues about the shortage of funds to properly run the District. In turn, opponents seem to be honing in on labor issues, and the alleged mis-spending of tax dollars for parcels of property in the Raytown area. Like a lake after a storm, the water seems to be gently rising without a hint of the turmoil just below the surface. With the above in mind, I am offering this page to both proponents and opponents of the proposed school property tax to have their say before the April 8th Election. If you are interested in speaking on behalf of either side of the tax increase issue you can send your copy (for consideration) firstname.lastname@example.org. Two guest editorials will be published on this spot before the election. Speaking of elections – the August 8th Primary looks like it may shape up into an event of local interest for the Raytown area. Republican State Representative Will Kraus has drawn two opponents for next November’s election. The two Democrats are former State Representative Mike Saeger and Joe Volpe. The winner of the August Primary will face Kraus in the November General Election. Another contest that has drawn more candidates than usual is the contest for Democratic Commiteeman and Committeewoman. Six candidates have filed for the four seats on the Jackson County Democratic Committee. Local observers wonder what impact the crowded race will have on one incumbent member of the Committee in particular. Michael Downing has estranged himself from other members of the Brooking Township Committee by openly supporting Republican-based candidates in local elections. His action(s) cost him his membership with the Raytown Democratic Association (RDA). Last year, the membership of the RDA voted unanimously to have him removed from the club’s membership rolls. The action is expected to have an impact on the race. The RDA is one of Jackson County’s oldest Democratic Political clubs. Last year, it received the prestigious Harry S Truman Democratic Achievement Award from the Jackson County Democratic Committee at it annual Truman Days event.