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An unusually high number of candidates for municipal public office and an open seat for Mayor has manifested itself in early activity by a number of candidates vying for five seats on the Raytown Board of Aldermen and the office of Mayor.
Both candidates for Mayor, Mike McDonough and Pat Ertz have recently held fundraiser’s in preparation of their campaigns. In the races for the five seats on the Board of Aldermen there has been activity as well. In political terms, Raytown Wards are very small, averaging only two square miles in size. This lends itself to a more personal type of campaigning of the door to door variety.
There has already been activity observed in the three man race for Alderman in Ward 1 and candidate activity in Ward 4. Enough talk has surfaced to show what issues will become hot topics this election year as well.
Property values and the public safety in our neighborhoods will be high on the list. Some candidates have already called for an increased presence of Police in neighborhoods. The need for better street lighting to combat crime has been noted as has comments about the quality of street repair in Raytown neighborhoods.
EXCLUSIVE RAYTOWN REPORT STORY
Whiskey Barrel Bounces Back
The New Year was only two days old when its business was interrupted by a robbery attempt that went extremely bad. By the end of the evening, Connie Maxwell had been assaulted and her son, Mike was in the hospital being treated for a gunshot wound to his head.
The immediate result of the foiled robbery attempt (the thieves ran out of the store empty-handed after shooting Mike), was the closing of the store for a three week period.
Mike’s convalescence may take a while longer, but he has taken his injury in stride saying “he feels lucky to be alive”. When he was shot the bullet shattered the right side of his skull. The blunt force trauma was so extensive it took 100 staples to close the wound. His doctors hope he will make a good recovery but caution the wound was a serious one that will take time to heal completely.
Detectives from the Raytown Police Department local police departments are pretty tight-lipped about the investigation. They have shared with Connie and Mike that there are similarities between the robbery at the Whisky Barrel and other areas of crime in the Kansas City area.
On the advice of the police department they have increased the lighting around the property and taken other security measures to ensure there will not be a repeat of what happened on January 2nd.
Connie told the Raytown Report , “It has been tough having to make up three weeks of lost business”, but feels their business is on its way to recovery. She wanted their customers to know that they are back and open for business, Monday thru Saturday from 2:00 in the afternoon until 8:00 in the evening.
She appreciates the impromptu “welcome back” party customers surprised her with when she re-opened the store and said we are definitely here to stay.
Even though the Charter question will not be held until April 7th, there has already been plenty printed about it in the local media. The newspapers and web/news internet sites have had their say. Why not find out what the people have to say! This week’s poll asks if you support, oppose are undecided on the Raytown Charter question. The poll will be open for voting until Sunday, February 22nd.
|BY PAUL LIVIUS|
A Call for Papers!
You can tell it is election time in Raytown. The City Council agendas are becoming shorter and attention is slowly migrating to the candidates running for City Council and Mayor in 2015.
Raytowners have plenty of choices this year for its representatives on the City Council. Fifteen candidates have filed for 6 positions in city government -- that is 13 for City Council and two for Mayor. Even more amazing is that all of the candidates appear to be serious in their goal of serving the public.
For the first time in many years, there are contested races in every ward. Not to mention to viable candidates for Mayor.
With such a large field of candidates it is only proper that the press in Raytown take up the challenge of informing the public about the candidates. The best way to do that is to have the candidates tell their story.
With that in mind, we are inviting all candidates for the Raytown City Council to drop us a story about their campaign. So far this year, three candidates have already done so. They are Mayoral candidates Pat Ertz and Michael McDonough, as well as Aldermanic candidate, Greg Walters
There is no cost to the candidate to take part in this opportunity.
If you are a candidate, take a seat and start pecking away at that keyboard. You have a story to tell – tell it – we will print it for you!
Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will take it from there.
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The Church of Pizza
Like most Americans, I’m a fan of pizza. At least once a week, some combination of crust, sauce and toppings are in my belly. Most of the time, my dinner comes from a store-bought dough, homemade sauce and heaps of fresh veggies; but in a pinch, I’ll chow down on the frozen stuff, too.READ MORE
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