Sunday, January 4, 2009
Filing for City Offices Opens
Filing for city offices for the April 7th city election has opened with a flurry of candidates for aldermanic seats. Most of those filing for the six seats on the first day were incumbents seeking re-election. However, three new faces filed have also filed for the Board of Aldermen. Ward 3: Incumbent Christine White has a challenger in Ward 3. He is Allan Adams. Mr. Adams was one of eight candidates who ran for Mayor two years ago. Ward 4: Ward Dickmann has filed for the seat currently held by Alderman Barb Schlapia. Schlapia is one of two incumbent aldermen who has not yet filed for office. Ward 5: Insiders at Raytown City Hall say that Ward 5 Alderman Marilyn Fleming will not seek re-election. So far, one candidate has filed for the seat. Derek A. Ward. Greg Walters has filed in Ward 1 and Jim Hamilton has filed in Ward 2. “More Important Election . . ?” I had to laugh when I read the Raytown Post this week and saw the quote from the Mayor saying “this (election is) one of the more important elections.” Reminded me of when former Mayor Sue Frank told the Board and public at a City Council meeting that the formation of a Charter Commission was the most important decision facing Raytown in 50 years. Well, that was until her friends did not make the cut. My Two Cents Worth . . . All elections are important. Especially to those who participate in them and feel they have much to gain or lose from the outcome. The real test is how well those who win the election prioritize and conduct the business of the city. To that end, this election is important. Raytown’s infrastructure, particularly its residential streets, has been literally ignored for the last three years. Even with increased amounts of funding this year, the amount of dollars set aside for street improvements does not meet half of what was budgeted in years past. When you factor in the increased cost of asphalt (a petroleum based product) the difference is even greater. Take away 18% of the funding from street improvements to pay off the debt created by the Walmart TIF and you have an even darker picture. Voters should listen well to the candidates that run to make certain just whose interest they have at heart. For my money, I will go with those candidates who place the city’s basic needs first. In that respect, it IS a very important election.