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Filing for Municipal Office for the City of Raytown opened on December 11, 2012. It will close January 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the office of the City Clerk, Raytown City Hall, 10000 E. 59th Street, Raytown, Missouri 64133.

Candidates for Alderman may present a petition signed by at least 50 registered voters from their Ward. 

Petition forms may be obtained at the office of the City Clerk at Raytown City Hall.
In lieu of a petition, candidates for Alderman can pay a $25 filing fee.

Filing for the Raytown School Board is in proceeding as well. So far, three candidates for the Raytown School Board have filed. They are

Rick Thode
Bobbie Saulsberry
Pam Arlund

The filing deadline for the Raytown School Board is the same as for the City. Tuesday, January 15th.

Greg Walters
Observations BY GREG WALTERS
Something very unusual happened on December 11, 2012. For the first time in recent memory, every seat on the Raytown City Council was contested. 

Compare this to the last municipal election. In that year, though there were races in four of the five wards, only two of those races saw campaigns. One incumbent Councilman was unopposed. Two of the incumbents had challengers who did not even campaign. If local rumor is true, neither were serious candidates, with one of them possibly a “stalking horse” candidate who filed to dissuade other possible candidates from filing.

But this year’s crew of new candidates is different. Some of them have run before and have a reputation for mounting credible campaigns for political office.

In Ward 2, incumbent Jim Hamilton is being challenged by two veteran politicians. One is former Ward 2 Alderman Jerry Kinman. He is also challenged by former Fifth District Congressional candidate, Jason Greene.

In Ward 4, incumbent Bill Van Buskirk is being challenged by Rita Bennett. This is not the first time these two have been in a campaign with each other. Both ran for the position of City Collector eight years ago.

In Ward 1, the incumbent, Shane Pardue, has not filed for re-election. Richard Tush is one of the candidates. He ran unsuccessfully against Joe Creamer eight years ago. His opponent in this race is Josh Greene. Josh Greene is the brother of Ward 2 candidate Jason Greene. 
Ward 5 incumbent Steve Mock is being challenged by political newcomer, Efrem Z. Williams, Sr.

Ward 3 is the most interesting race. The incumbent City Councilwoman, Christine White, has not filed for re-election. However, three other candidates have; they are Janet Emerson, Chris Merrill and Mark Moore.

Paul Livius
Candidates Face Tough Challenge BY PAUL LIVIUS
One of the toughest challenges to candidates in Raytown City elections is the lack of news outlets to help spread their message. In the 1980’s the City of Raytown was served by four newspapers – the morning Kansas City Times, evening Kansas City Star, the weekly Raytown Post and (weekly) Raytown Tribune.

Of those four newspapers, the Kansas City Star is the only one still publishing. Because of cutbacks in its editorial and reporting staff, very little news coverage of Raytown is reported in the Star.

In its place, the Raytown area now has two active websites and a weekly freebie newspaper distributed at local grocery stores and retail outlets.

One of those news sources is the Raytown Report. We are visited between 3,000 to 4,000 times each month by readers (depending on which counter you believe – the one provided by Google sets our hits at over 5,000 monthly).

The other website serving Raytown primarily focuses on school news and news stories copied from police reports and other news sources.

The only print version newspaper left is the Raytown Times. It covers very little political news. Lately, it has taken to publishing city hall press releases as news stories. While somewhat interesting, the stories tend to fall under the “fluff” category as news coverage. The Times also receives all of the city’s lucrative advertising of official election notices.

HOME SKILLET? Last week in the Paul Livius Report we noted businesses that had relocated to the Raytown Plaza. We took a quick drive up to the renovated shopping center to check out the tenants. Northcraft Carpet and Granite has created an impressive storefront, and, there is evidence of some expansion going on at Mr. Goodcents. What we could not find was a store or restaurant named Home Skillet. Finally, an acquaintance who had stopped by to visit on Sunday did point out to us that there is a very small sign in the southeast corner of the Plaza shopping area. Though he did say it did not look like any construction had been begun. 

Wish they would hurry up. We are getting Hungry! 

Look for my regular column next week in the Paul Livius Report. -- Paul

Candidate Press Releases Welcome
In an effort to help candidates reach voters the Raytown Report will publish, free of charge, press releases from candidates. The releases will run without edit. And, since our space is literally unlimited, candidates are welcome to write as much as they wish. We do request that you send a picture with your release.

Press releases can be sent to
Next Week  . . .  The Issues of the 2013 Campaign 

Catching the Fitness Bug BY JENN
It’s a New Year and time for a new Question of the Week! This time each FBG is answering the somewhat long-winded question: “When did you catch the fitness bug where it went from occasional ‘I should do this’ to the promised land of loving workouts and ‘I want to do this?’” FBG Kristen came up... Continue reading

Raytown Tree of the Year Contest
Raytown Tree Board and Smith Bros. Hardware are sponsoring the 2013 Tree of the Year award. Residents are encouraged to nominate trees within the city limits of Raytown, Missouri.
  1. $50 gift certificate to Smith Brothers Hardware store
  2. Certificate of Achievement
  3. Lawn sign signifying the location of the Raytown Tree of the Year
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Anonymous said...

Greg Walters for Mayor in 2 years!

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Heard a nasty rumor yesterday that Ward 1 Alderman Shane Pardue has changed his mind and has decided to run for re-election.

Ihope it's not true. Shane is part of the problem at city hall. We need new blood running our city. Not four more years of bobble heads nodding in agreement on everything that comes before them.

Anonymous said...

I believe that Shane was one of the aldermen that made the $30,000 mistake. I hope he runs so that he will be defeated along with the other BIG SPENDERS at city hall.

Anonymous said...

Any update on the School Board race, Greg? I know Bobbie Saulsbury and Rick Thode are up for re-election. Did either of them file?

Anonymous said...

If i lived in ward one I wouldn't vote for Shane ParDue as he has done nothing for Raytown, My vote would go to Richard Tush. He knows fiance and government.

Anonymous said...

I hope Pardue doesn't run again. He was just a "puppet" for Bower. How much longer does Bower have till his term is up. I am tired of the new name for our town: Bowertown!

Just Wondering said...

It looks like both Christine White and Shane Pardue are changing direction. Neither of them had filed for city council. Now I hear they are going to.

Wonder what changed their minds.

I wonder if the $450 a month and the city's group health insurance plan is what made the difference?

Anonymous said...

Many people seem to complain about the Raytown Times. Granted, it is not a great newspaper, but at least he is making an attempt at publishing one. I can remember when we had two newspapers here, the Raytown Post, and the Tribune. But, as most newspapers have gone, so have they. So it is perhaps a little bias, and not a hard hitting newspaper, at least he making an attempt. If you do not like it you can do one of two things. A, Don't read it. Or B, print your own. It is well with in your right to print a newspaper, and say anything you want, after all it is our First Amendment right. I pick it up, browse thought it, and I do get some local news from it. But what more can you ask for, it is free, and if you do not like it, don't read it.

Anonymous said...

No one is upset that the Raytown times is free. It does bother me that they owner is getting raytown tax dollars. It looks like he is doing in return for warm and fuzzy images of raytown through the eyes of city hall. Taht really means politicians are using it to try to buff up their tarnished image.

Does not seem right to me.

Anonymous said...

The BOA made more than a $30,000 blunder. The worst part is not requiring the CA to live in the city he administers.

When I was a boy, there was a weekly advertising paper in Albuquerque with maybe a few articles. I regard the Raytown Times as an editorial and advertising. In my opinion, the articles more editorial than fact. I red it when I lived in Raytown because of the new business/development "news", to read the editotials, and the advertising to find local merchants.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I woulde vote for Richard Thode never Bobbie Saulsbury. She has never done anything on the board but take up space

Anonymous said...

I would like for someone to answer my question for me. How is it that all Raytown Democrats don't complain how their man Obama is spending this country into disaster and you all think that is just find and dandy. Let Raytown spend some and OMG listen to you howl.. You Democrats have a double sets of standards..

Anonymous said...

Bobbie Saulsbury also votes to increase the School tax to outrageous levels. No wonder property values are way down!

6:3OPM Sounds like a case of head in the sand. You see Raytown waste and high taxes are more of a direct impact attention getter. Federal waste doesn't have quite the impact YET. In fact these same people may be benefiting from Federal waste (entitlements, "job" stimulus, etc.)

Andy Whiteman

Greg Walters said...

We have received a request to list the names of candidates filed for the Raytown School Board.

Here they are!

Rick Thode
Bobbie Saulsberry
Pam Arlund

The top two vote getters in the April Election will be seated on the Raytown School Board.

Filing for the Raytown School Board closed on Tuesday, January 15th.

Anonymous said...

When the city holds and election they must advertise it in a legal notice. Those legal notices go for top dollar in the newspaper business. That is one way in which he receives Raytown taxpayer dollars.

He also receives Raytown tax dollars for ads for services, bids, etc.

Judging by the number newspapers I see left stacked in newspaper racks around town not many are being read.

Anonymous said...

The election notices are supposed to be published in a newspaper of general circulation. What defines general circulation? Normally this means having a 2nd class mailing permit. There is a certain newspaper with election notices that I don't consider to be of general circulation in Raytown.

The BOA should address this issue since your are the custodian of the people's money!

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Rick Thode and Bobbie Saulsberry are both clueless and have no clue what is really going on in our schools.

Anonymous said...

Gear Automovite on 350 Highway is in operation with a lot of code violations. Mr. Benson why did you let this happen? Maybe it is time to replace you also if you can't do your job. Stupid decisions like this is why Raytown looks like it does.

Anonymous said...

Andy you are so right on that last post!

Christine White filed for re-election today. That makes four candidates in Ward 3.

Christine, you are in trouble plenty!

Anonymous said...

7:01AM, Rather than making such a general statement, could you please back it with your reasons for this statement?

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Rick Thode is the only one who knows what is really going on the rest are just a bunch of big heads. Bobbie uses her position to get her grandkids through school. Sad reason for being on the board if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

There isn't any way I would vote for Mark Moore this dude didn't even know what ward he lived in when he filed. I would call him clueless.

Pat Casady said...

The Raytown Times is not a bad paper.
Randy Battagler and his small staff work
hard to bring this paper to us.
Randy, Bob Phillips and I have had our differences
in the past but, every time I wrote to them
they printed what I wrote. For that I am a proud
reader. Randy is doing the people of Raytown
a great service by printing his paper.
One of the things I like the best about the paper
is they won't print "Anonymous" writers.
However if you have a complaint, he will print
it in the "Letters to the Editor" or talk to you
face to face.
I would like to know what "Raytown tax dollars"
Randy is receiving. After writing something like
that I can see why someone would sign Anonymously.

Anonymous said...

I really doubt you could call the Raytown times a newspaper of general circulation. is it a newspaper, hardly. To be so you have to put in news in it.

Is it of general circulation? Another big stretch unless you call dropping the off at a gas stations and grocery stores 'circulation'.

the city pays for advertising in the so-called paper. That's where the money comes in.

Anonymous said...

8:16 PM, Bobbie doesn't pay her taxes until REQUIRED to do so to be on the ballot. If she can't pay the outrageous taxes how does she expect the rest of us to pay?

Andy Whiteman