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When the petition to form a Raytown Charter was first presented to the Raytown Board of Aldermen only eight people had filed petitions to run for the Raytown Charter Commission.
Now, with only about two weeks left until the filing closes for spots on the Commission, the number has grown to 15 candidates.
According to information received from the Raytown City Clerk’s office, those fifteen candidates are: Joe Burton, Janet Emerson, Lisa Emerson, Jason Greene, Mark Moore,Chris Rathbone, Robbie Tubbs, Susan Thorsen, Jim Aziere, Richard Koop,Sandra Hartwell, Steve Guenther, Greg Walters, Charlotte Melson,Susan Dolan
Candidate Forum Offered on Raytown Report
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CHARTER NOTES BY GREG WALTERS
Some interesting observations about the candidates who have filed for the Raytown Charter Commission.
- If there is a glass ceiling in Raytown politics this group of candidates has shattered it. Over one half of the candidates filed are female. Contrast this fact to the historical reality that all previous charter commissions were definitely boy clubs in gender.
- It stands to reason that candidates seeking to serve on the Raytown Charter Commission would be supportive an attempt to move the city forward. Which is why many local observers of City Hall were surprised to see Ward 3 Alderman Charlotte Melson file for a seat on the Charter Commission. The Ward 3 Aldermen had very little good to say about the Charter attempt when petitions to place the issue on the ballot was voted on by the Board of Aldermen.
- The same can also be said about Ward 2 Alderman Jim Aziere. Mr. Aziere served on the last Charter Commission. In that election, Aziere turned against the work he and other members of the Charter Commission had spent a full year creating and actively campaigned against its passage.
- The latest person to file for the Charter Commission has some interesting thoughts on the subject of term limits. Susan Dolan pointed out that both Kansas City and Lee’s Summit have instituted term limits and wonders if they would be a good fit for Raytown. Mrs. Dolan continued by saying there are pros and cons to term limits. She pledged to bring the subject of term limits to the table if she is elected to the Raytown Charter Commission.
- There are still about two
weeks left until filing closes. It will be interesting to see who else steps forward
in the closing days before the filing deadline arrives in January 21st.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF ESSAYS BY CANDIDATES FOR THE RAYTOWN CHARTER COMMISSION.
Greg Walters for Raytown Charter Commission BY GREG WALTERS
On April 2, 2014 Raytown voters will decide whether or not to form a Charter Commission.
There have been four attempts to change Raytown’s form of government from a Fourth Class City to that of a Charter City since Raytown was incorporated.
This time it is different in a very important way.
The previous attempts were all initiated by City Hall. In those instances it was the action of the City Council that caused the election.
This Charter Election is taking place because Raytowners just like you and me, empowered themselves by gathering signatures to force the city to hold the election.
Had they not done so, it is almost a certainty that there would not be a Charter question on the April, 2014 municipal ballot.
For those unfamiliar with the Charter Election process, here is how it works.
On April 2nd voters will be asked whether or not create a Charter Commission. At the same election, voters will choose thirteen Raytown citizens to serve on the Charter Commission. Those 13 candidates who receive the most votes will l be sworn into office to write a Charter for the City of Raytown.
Provided, of course, the question of whether or not to form a Charter commission receives voter approval.
Once elected it usually takes up to a year to write and perfect the Charter before presenting it to the voters for final approval.
My name is Greg Walters and I hope to be one of the Charter Commissioners.
Here is what I can bring to the table.
I served 27 years on the Raytown City Council. I also served on one of the past Charter Commissioners. So I like to think that I can bring experience to the Commission.
Part of that experience has been in learning what will and will not work in a complete package eventually placed before the voters.
Compromise is a key word that every Charter candidate should learn. Experience has taught me that we need to spend more time listening to each other and finding the middle ground we can all accept.
That is not to say that I do not have issues that are very important to me.
For instance, I believe very strongly in the following:
- I am a big believer in the right of people to petition their government and the right to recall politicians that have strayed from their oath of office. Both of which are not allowed under our current Fourth Class City status.
- As a fourth class city Raytown is what is called a statutory city. Plainly stated, it means that the city can only be governed as allowed by the statutes (laws) of the State of Missouri. The rules under a Charter government empowers the citizens of a community to make changes to laws, even in the face of opposition from their elected officials.
- I also believe it is very important senior staff members employed by the City of Raytown make Raytown their hometown.
Raytown remains one of the few communities in the Kansas City area that does not have residency requirements for its upper management.
Because of this simple fact, very few of the tax dollars paid to this select group makes its way back to Raytown in the form of tax revenue from sales by local merchants, grocery stores or housing.
It is a “no win” situation for the City of Raytown.
It is also a “no win” situation for the rest of us who call Raytown home. That is because the current policy lacks a sense of community. There is not any local pride fostered by those who could help by making Raytown their home.
Please consider casting one of your thirteen votes for Greg Walters to serve on the Raytown Charter Commission on Tuesday, April 2, 2014.
Kristen’s Favorite Recipe:
Ginger Curry Roasted Cauliflower
Just like yesterday and the day before that, today we’re sharing another one of our fave healthy recipes in celebration of our birthday and the New Year!
I was never a big fan of cauliflower as a kid. It just seemed like the ickier version of broccoli, and I only sort of liked broccoli, so I’m pretty sure I never even gave poor cauliflower a try.
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