Editorial: Important choice

It’s important for local voters to look at the experience and knowledge candidates would bring to the Lawrence City Commission.

February 28, 2013


Voting for a city commissioner is an important opportunity and responsibility.

Those elected to the commission for two- and four-year terms will play a significant role in the future of Lawrence. The three individuals elected on April 2 will represent a majority of the five-member commission. Voting as a group, they would control the city in most every respect.

The election of city commissioners should not be a popularity contest but, rather, a serious study of the experience, knowledge and talent an individual would bring to the city’s governing body.

It’s a big business, and it is questionable to what extent it should be a “learn on the job” exercise. Those seeking a position on the commission should have some skills, knowledge and experience that give the city the best odds of continued growth in an environment where competition among cities for growth, fiscal soundness, vision and quality of life is becoming more intense year by year.

Also, the Lawrence City Commission faces another responsibility, and that is the importance of working with Kansas University officials and sustaining the reputation the city and university enjoyed for many years of having one of the nation’s finest “town-gown” relationships. This positive working relationship was achieved not by city or university officials thinking or behaving in a manner that suggested they were “buying” that relationship with favors, but rather through a sound, cooperative and mutually respectful understanding.

The April 2 elections are important for current residents and will play a significant role in how the city progresses in the years to come, whether it moves forward or stagnates because various factions in the community are pushing narrow-minded, selfish interests. Many in Lawrence are proud to point to the wide diversity in the city as one of its strengths, but, at the same time, carried to the extreme, this situation can hinder the city’s growth.

Now is the time for city voters to study the backgrounds, experience, knowledge and expertise that each candidate would bring to the city.

It’s an important election that deserves the close inspection of each candidate by voters.


Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

"sustaining the reputation the city and university enjoyed for many years of having one of the nation’s finest “town-gown” relationships."

Jimminy Christmas, what space ship have you been traveling on for the last several decades. "One of the nations finest town-gown relationships"???? Now that's a joke.

Let's start with KU's initial refusal to hold a downtown parade in 2008 for the NCAA National Championship Team. Ultimately, KU relented, but only after being shamed by the citizens of Lawrence.

Writers of editorials are entitled to opinions. But facts are facts. Whomever wrote this editorial needs to acquaint themselves with a little reality.

KU_cynic 5 years, 3 months ago

And let's not forget Dolph Simons's rants about top KU administrators, search processes, etc.

The No. 1 Town-Gown issue: the cantankerous guy who buys ink by the barrel.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

Notwithstanding my comment directly above, I do agree with the writers admonition that "[n]ow is the time for city voters to study the backgrounds, experience, knowledge and expertise that each candidate would bring to the city."

Lets start with the supporters of the candidates, specifically the supporters of Jeremy Farmer.

Mr. Farmer has a long list of "official" supporters set forth at his website, http://voteyourselfafarmer.com/endorsements/.

I was curious, so I did a little research (actually, it took a little time) on these folks. Didn't get through the whole list, and mind you, this is simply a list of folks who have agreed to publicly lend their name to his campaign, and does not include the many people who have contributed money to his campaign, although there is quite a bit of overlap.

Interestingly, his support includes a lot of Chamber of Commerce folks, real estate and insurance agents, developers, bankers and others, whose incomes will benefit from favorable decisions made by the City Commission. . I have lived in this town for over forty years and have never seen a so-called "progressive" attract such widespread support from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. To you liberals who think he is not already in the pocket of the monied interests in town, all I have to say is that you folks are exceedingly naive.

List starts in post directly below

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

Sue Hack --former city commissioner; current Executive Director of Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence,

Al Hack --Sue’s Husband. Owns CEK Insurance.

Mary Lou Wright --co owner of Raven Bookstore

Bonnie Lowe --US Attorney's Office--Financial Investigator; Board Member, Lawrence Douglas County Bioscience Authority.

Jamie Lowe --Bonnie’s husband; Market President, Prairie Land Group (Insurance); formerly employed by three different banks: National Bank of Kansas City, Capital City Bank & US Bank

Jennifer Werner --West Region Sales Manager of Schneider Electric, a large electrical contractor

Paul Werner –Jennifer’s husband; Owner / Architect at Paul Werner Architects; Mr,. Werner was Thomas Fritzel’s architect for the infamous Varsity House project. He is also working with Fritzel on the Rock Chalk Park project. With supporters like this, are we at surprised that Mr. Farmer was an early supporter of the project.

Jean Milstead --Founding Member and Past Chair of Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Ron & Dee Bisel --Owners of Minuteman Press

Michael Blumenfield --Retired East Coast Business Executive and Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army

Linda Watts --Clinical Social Worker; Board Member of Lawrence Family Promise, a faith based charity for the homeless

Thad Holcombe --Director, Ecumenical Campus Ministries at Kansas University

Jerome Marquez --Kansas Children's Service Fatherhood Coordinator

Ron Guerin --Project Management Professional at Computerized Assessments and Learning; Graduate, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Ernesto Hodison --Vice President Douglas County Bank; Board Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

Greg Gardner (Major General, Ret.) --Former Adjutant General, Kansas National Guard

Michael McGrew --CEO and Chairman of the Board, McGrew Real Estate

Tom Karasek --Owner, Calvin Eddy Kappelman Inc Insurance Agency

David Anderson --Manager, Lawrence H&R Block

Matt Daigh --Asst Funeral Director, Rumsey-Yost

Constance Wolfe --Marketing and Advertising Consultant; Board Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce; Graduate, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Kurt Goeser’; --State Farm Insurance Agent

Cherise Anderson --USD 497; Graduate of Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence

Elizabeth Hatchett --Lawrence Arts Commission

Mary Lee Gilchrist --Mortgage Advisor at STONEGATE MORTGAGE

Tim Bateman --Controller at RD Johnson Excavating Company

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

Colleen Callahan --Marketing Consultant at Great Plains Media

Sue Grosdidier --Married to Scott Grosdidier, a Realtor at McGrew Realty

Doug Raney --Attorney; contributed $250 to Romney and $300 to Lynn Jenkins in last election cycle

Erin Hayden --Engineer at EN Engineering (Oil and Gas Industry)

Fairley & Donna McCain --McCain Angus Ranch

Debbie Pitts --Director of Development for Lawrence Community Theatre

Daniel Poull --Plumbing Contractor

Carrie Lindsey --Director of Resident Service at Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority

Kent Fisher --Finance Manager and Officer of Dale Willey Pontiac Cadillac

Rick Falley --Wordpress Admin, Tech Support, Reflective Group LLC; father of Brandon Falley, Operations Manager for Just Food
(I guess I would endorse the boss of my son as well—job security)

Terry Draskovich --Office Manager/Golf Tournament for Just Food, the organization Mr. Farmer runs.

Barbara Pitner -- Client Intake Coordinator, Just Food. Question: Should the head of a non-profit be asking his paid employees to endorse him in a political race? Mr. Farmer signs her check. It sure creates an appearance of impropriety.

Suzana Hicks --Senior Admin. Assoc, Kansas Geological Survey

Brad & Amy Finkeldei --Brad is an attorney with Stevens and Brand. According to their web site, his “experience includes assisting more than a dozen lending institutions and multiple developers and contractors navigate the difficult economic climate that has existed the last few years.” (translation: he is an attorney for the rich developers). He is also a current member of the Douglas County Planning Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lawrence. He also supported and contributed to the campaigns of Mike Dever and Hugh Carter. And by the way, one of Finkeldei’s law partners, John Bullock, is Farmer’s campaign manager.

Chuck & Laurel Krider --Chuck is a Emeritus Professor of Business at KU. The couple has homes in both Lawrence and Estes Park Colorado. His specialty was labor relations.

Gary & Angie Rexroad --Gary is a founder and co-chair of CadreLawrence, a group that came out early in support of Rock Chalk Park. He is in the software business. Angie is a special Ed ParaEducator

Alex Delaney --Owns Indepsys, Inc. (computers), member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

Oddly, Mr. Farmer has attracted a few endorsements from folks who are publicly known for so-called "liberal" or "progressive." viewpoints.

“Ace” Hickey --writes a lot of letters to the editor, all with a progressive bent. Has voiced his opposition to the Citizen’s United decision and the millions of dollars that fuel political Has been a staunch critic of Lynn Jenkins. Appears to be one of the “liberals” Mr. Farmer has duped. I suggest that Mr. Hickey review Mr. Farmer’s campaign finance report once it is filed. Frankly, I don’t think Mr. Hickey is the type of guy who would be comfortable “sleeping with” most of Mr. Farmer’s supporters. Hope he reads this and re-thinks his position. Here are a few other known “liberals” whom I believe have been duped by Mr. Farmer:

Bob Casad, Emeritus Professor of Law

Forrest & Donna Swall. Forrest is an emeritus professor of Social Welfare.

Laura Routh

Caroljean Brune

Hilda Enoch, a long-time advocate for the disadvantaged

All I can say is “come on guys and gal?!??!!!” Do you realize you’re in bed with Thomas Fritzel’s architect, bankers, insurance agents, chamber of commerce people, attorneys for developers. Do you really think a city commission candidate who is endorsed by a guy who gave nearly over 500 to Romney and Lynn Jenkins will represent your values? Jeremy is trying to “make nice” with everyone. Surely you folks are sophisticated enough to know that such goals are hopelessly naïve. If Barrack Obama couldn’t do it, what makes you think a 29 year old kid can? Okay, so he is CEO of a food bank. Big deal. Surely you have heard of the expression, “poverty pimp.”

One more thing, my "liberal" friends. Aren't you curious that most of Lawrence's long time progressive folks are conspicuously absent from Mr. Farmer's list of supporters.

Catalano 5 years, 3 months ago

So if another candidate was supported by someone who's part of, say, Schwada's team for example, would you infer that to mean the candidate would be "in bed with" Schwada?

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

Again, I only had time to research the "official endorsers" list. A savvy voter should also make themselves aware of who is contributing financially to a specific candidates campaign. The initial list of Farmer's financial contributors can be found here:

I did quickly glance through the list, and noticed that many of the people who "endorsed" Mr. Farmer also contributed financially to his campaign. But I also noticed a couple of prominent financial contributors who are worth mentioning.

Greg Williams, the CEO of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, contributed $100.00 to Farmer's campaign.

Doug Gaumer, the local community President of INtrust Bank, and also the Chairman of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce contributed $150.00 to Farmer's campaign.

I am sure if Jeremy is elected he will give the poor folks he "helps" a nice pat on the head before taking office and paying off the Chamber of Commerce and the other monied special interests which helped get him elected.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago


Let us celebrate the poor,

Let us hawk them door to door.

There's a market for their pain,

Votes and glory and money to gain.

Let us celebrate the poor.

Their ills, their sins, their faulty diction

Flavor our songs and spice our fiction.

Their hopes and struggles and agonies

Get us grants and consulting fees.

Celebrate thugs and clowns,

Give their ignorance all renown.

Celebrate what holds them down,

In our academic gowns.

Let us celebrate the poor.

(No, I didn't write the poem. Found it on the internet. I will leave it up to each individual reader to determine its relevance to the city commission election)

Catalano 5 years, 3 months ago

Dear Lord, it's almost like Merrill has been cloned, but with hysteria. I pretty much have to agree with you on this one, Cheesy. I don't know what Sycho's problem with Farmer is, either. If I were Sycho, I'd be putting a whole lot more time and energy trying to convince the so-called "progressives" that Riordan is pulling a snow job on them. Seems he's got a lot more on his team than Farmer does.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

come now, do you really think people support candidates and give them money because they believe in good government?

People support others based on whats in it for them.

If you understand that simple fact of life, it is easy to figure out the candidates. Just follow the money.

Catalano 5 years, 3 months ago

So, go "follow the money" for ALL the candidates and then do the Venn diagram I requested. I believe in equal-opportunity bashing. And up your meds...you're really in a manic phase right now.

ajdelinquent 5 years, 3 months ago

You keep pointing out Jeremy's supporter's that are Leadership Lawrence graduates, but aren't Scott Criqui and Leslie Soden also Leadership Lawrence alum?

Terry Sexton 5 years, 3 months ago

Looks like Mr. Farmer has the ability to garner support from the entire length of the political spectrum. He seems a lot more genuine and a lot less elitist than TheSycophant. If I lived within the city limits I would vote for him.

I live in the county but still have a Lawrence address. The decisions made by our local government affect me as much as in-town residents. I wish county residents with a Lawrence zip code were eligible to vote for city commission candidates.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

ONe big difference. YOu don't pay property tax to the City.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 3 months ago

Does this mean you are of the opinion that in-town residents who rent their homes instead of owning them should not be eligible to vote for city commission candidates?

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

Of course not. Property tax is a cost of providing housing that is calculated and passed on by the landlord to the tenant. When property taxes go up, invariably, rents go up.

Catalano 5 years, 3 months ago

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Katara 5 years, 3 months ago

Criqui has out of town supporters but most of them are affiliated with the Victory Fund.


I find them less of an issue as they don't have a vested interest in how development works in Lawrence, I don't see them as having a vested interest in how Lawrence, KS runs but more with helping folks who, in the past, faced significant barriers to holding any office simply because of their sexual orientation.

Farmer's out of town supporters, on the other hand, have ties to the Chamber and developers who most definitely have a vested interest in how Lawrence is run.

Katara 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't have a Venn diagram for you but I can offer you a pie chart.

I don't have a Venn diagram for you but I can offer you a pie chart. by Katara

Catalano 5 years, 3 months ago

"Check your facts. i am not the author of the above passage as you claim." Exactly.

"When you critique, be sure you have the right person. But then again, we are both humans, you and I, and we both made honest mistake,"

But, don't you see, when one doesn't check one's facts and ends up making an "honest" mistakes in one's posts, damage can inadvertently be done. And credibility goes down the tubes.

Now, get to work on the Venn diagram.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

First of all, I am not your errand girl, Catalano. But if I were so inclined to follow your commands, the most rudimentary Feynman Diagram would appear to be appropriate for you.

Second, what difference does it make if Finkeldei is a current or former member of the planning commission. Much like the retired politician who uses his experience as a so-called public servant to line his pockets as a lobbyist, I am sure a former member of the planning commission makes good use of the relationships developed and knowledge cultivated in legally representing developers at rates exceeding $200.00 per hour. The average citizen doesn't have that kind of money or that type of influence. And that is exactly why we have slowly lost democracy in this country.

Thirdly, the fact remains that Mr. Farmer broke the rules in turning in his financial report, with nary a "I am sorry, it won't happen again." Perhaps an honest mistake; perhaps a sign that Mr. Farmer doesn't think the rules apply to him. Shouldn't we all be required to play by the same rules?

Funny, I acknowledged my errors but you didn't. You seem intent on attacking me personally rather than addressing the real issues raised, i.e., that Mr. Farmer has solid support from monied interests that stand to make more money based on decisions rendered by the City Commission. Again, if you don't understand this simple fact, then I, nor anyone else, can help you.

Catalano 5 years, 3 months ago

I didn't make an error...I was making a point. But you had to catch the "error" first, which you did. Kudos.

Re: Finkeldei: get your facts straight. Isn't that what you just told me to do? And what about a current planning commissioner supporting candidate(s)? Does the same logic apply? You're so freaking focused on Farmer that you haven't really paid attention to the candidates you support. Maybe you just cherry pick. I don't know.

Re: Farmer broke the rules: he's not the first candidate to turn in a finance report late and you initially SAID "before the election" which was a false statement. I called you on that. Now you're changing your tune. Maybe he needs a better treasurer. Criqui has a good one. Have you looked that one up yet? Let me know your thoughts on what that means when you do.

So, what about my "hypothetical" example of a Schwada team member supporting a candidate you favor? Or, maybe you didn't know that. Maybe you don't know much at all. That's why I suggested the Venn diagram...it might educate you a bit.

George_Braziller 5 years, 3 months ago

Commissioners don't have as much power or authority as people seem to think they do. In general it's the city manager who runs the show and commissioners just make decisions based on the amount of information they're provided and staff recommendations.

Jeremy Farmer 5 years, 3 months ago

As the CEO of Just Food, I have deliberately reached out to people all over this community in an effort to educate them about the mission of Just Food and to raise money to support that mission. I am proud to be supported by each and every person who has contributed time and/or money to my campaign as I know the vast majority of them because they support the food bank.

It is fine to disagree about issues in our community, in fact I think that disagreements on issues help strengthen our community, but to attack the character of someone you’ve never met (whether it’s me or someone else) does not help to keep our community healthy---it widens our divisions. I believe in creating jobs so that fewer people need to use Just Food’s services. To do that, people from every corner of Lawrence need to be heard. I remain committed to building bridges, and to do it with integrity and transparency. I’m happy to talk with anyone about who I am and what I believe in. My cell phone is 785-691-9100 and my email is info@voteyourselfafarmer.com.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

The term "poverty pimp" is defined as a derogatory label for an individual or group which, to its own benefit, acts as an intermediary on behalf of the poor. Literally, a poverty pimp is an individual or group who solicits for the poor, or it can mean, a welfare system procurer. Poverty pimps gain a higher quality of existence from exploiting the poverty of others.

Under the American system of inter-linked public and private social services the poor get helped but not in any effective way; the big bucks go for overhead. As always, a lot of anti-poverty money is going to people who are not poor. There are whole classes of people who live off the services provided to the poor.

True poverty pimps, however, are worse than just those who live off of helping others. They are the ones who perpetuate poverty in order to keep their job. They add more bureaucracy in order to expand their programs and their power. They are motivated to grant charity to the less fortunate rather than practice solidarity with the poor. Th

Poverty pimps are the workers and administrators who keep expanding the public and private social services system, thereby expanding their job and salary opportunities. They contribute more money to keep the cycle eternal. They are the ones who make the system so challenging that you practically need a college degree to navigate it, causing loads of frustrated poor people to opt out of the system and often into the street.

Poverty pimps are the originally well-intentioned workers who have lost sight of the poor as individuals and the ones who never really cared in the first place. Essentially, "poverty pimps" callously and purposely profit from the misfortune of others.

Every holiday season I think about the poverty pimps a little more. I receive their solicitations for funding. As a former activist on housing and anti-poverty issues, I received requests for aid, and was invited to speak at their fundraisers. But, if I asked them to provide details on where all their funds go, or how their budget is decided and by whom, they take offense at my simple questions. Or if I ask if the majority of their homeless clients were consulted in their decisions, or allowed to participate in the decision-making process, it is as chilling to my relationship with them as the kiss of death.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 3 months ago

As long as they don't encroach on somebody else.

Katara 5 years, 3 months ago

" I believe in creating jobs so that fewer people need to use Just Food’s services. To do that, people from every corner of Lawrence need to be heard."

Is there anyone who is running an anti-job campaign? How exactly does believing in creating jobs distinguish you from any of the other candidates? Is there any candidate who has stated that they don't wish to hear from people in Lawrence?

These are safe political statements that mean nothing. Who is going to be against creating jobs or hearing from people in Lawrence? You might as well campaign with value statements such as "I believe kicking puppies is wrong" or "I think people enjoy vanilla ice cream.".

You state you are committed to integrity (Who claims they are not committed to integrity? Yet another non-statement that sounds good).

If this is something that you are committed to, why have you embellished your credentials on your website? Why do you claim a degree and a Masters in Clinical Counseling when your degree and Masters is in Clinical Pastoral Counseling? That is misleading. One is a licensed by the state and the other is "licensed" by the churches. The churches oversee pastoral counseling and that is not the same thing as have oversight by the state. They do not have the same requirements. This isn't to say that I think pastoral counseling is counseling-lite. It has a good purpose and for many people, is an appropriate to help cope with whatever issues they are dealing with but it is just not the same as a clinician.

Why do you claim "extensive experience" in non-profit administration when your experience is less than 7 years total and only with 2 food banks and 2 churches (according to your website)? Why didn't you list the positions that you had with those groups so folks can see what type of extensive experience in non-profit administration you have?

Why do you believe that being a certified Time Management facilitator for Franklin Covey
and certified to teach "Uniquely You"

qualify you for anything? Both of these groups are the equivalent of getting a degree through a diploma mill.

You have made a big point of stating that you are not a hero in regards to JustFood but on your website, you claim to have " propelled Just Food from the fringes of obscurity to being among the leaders of social change in Lawrence." That sounds like you are putting yourself pretty solidly in the hero category. It is one thing to be proud of your progress with Just Food but from the "fringes of obscurity"? Don't you think it is inappropriate to be engaging in such hyperbole in regards to Just Food? It certainly demeans the contributions of the folks who were with the organization before you and it certainly leaves out all the efforts of all the people in Lawrence who helped build and still support Just Food.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

I have an aversion for charlatans and opportunists.

Bob Forer 5 years, 3 months ago

I am sure he is a nice guy, which is irrelevant. Other folks may vote for a candidate because he or she has a nice smile, is a "nice" person, has a firm handshake, or an attractive haircut. I'd like to think I am a little bit more sophisticated than that.

As long as a candidate is not too abrasive to the extent that it hinders their effectiveness, all I care about is where they stand on the issues and whether they are beholden to special interests. I don't need to "build a bridge" to cast a vote.

And by the way, other than the Chamber of Commerce CEO and Chamber of Commerce Chairman, both of whom contributed to his campaign, the list I set forth above is not of Mr. Farmer's donors, but instead a list of his "supporters" as set forth at his campaign website.

Nonetheless, I did quickly review his list of campaign contributors, which confirmed the conclusions I had previously drawn. Unlike you, and consistent with conventional wisdom, much can be learned about a politician by reviewing their major campaign contributors. If there is no information to be gleaned from such knowledge, why in the world does every state in America require candidates to file a list of their contributors.

If you don't think anything can be learned from a candidates list of contributors, I suggest you immediately hire a full-time chaperone to guide you through the rest of your life, as such extreme naivete would make Pollyanna blush.

Let me put it in a way you might be able to understand. I despised the politics of George Bush, and would never have dreamed of voting for him. But I am sure he'd be a lot of fun to sit down and have a few beers with.

deec 5 years, 3 months ago

Given that most candidates and politicians are masters at massaging their message to appeal to their audience, I find campaign donors to be more useful in determining the candidates' true positions on issues. Follow the money.

Catalano 5 years, 3 months ago

Oh, Wilby, I wish you would have run. I totally would have voted for you. The entertainment factor alone would be worth charging admission to CC meetings (think of the money the city could have reaped...and you could have taken a cut, and I could have said I helped!). I think I'm going to have to give your graphic to Sycho. You're just a curmudgeon. He's Sycho.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

Scott Criqui has done a lot of homework is coming to us reasonably well prepared = real good.

Leslie Soden is coming to us very well prepared as a result of her self driven motivation to learn city codes,ordinances etc etc etc over the past few years. Leslie Soden is quite intelligent, pragmatic and is not stupid about numbers.

Leslie Soden has been supporter of mixed use development in East Lawrence neighborhood. East Lawrence believes small business and neighborhoods are compatible.

East Lawrence Neighborhood has supported mixed use development in their neighborhood for years and years.

George_Braziller 5 years, 3 months ago

I live in East Lawrence and know her but didn't vote for her because ---- Ummmm, let's just leave it at that.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 3 months ago

Incumbents,former commissioners and like thinkers which is most of the candidates running will only bring more of what so many have expressed disdain.

New thinkers with new faces and smaller campaign budgets just might be the key.

Katara 5 years, 3 months ago

None of these new faces are new thinkers.

" I believe in creating jobs so that fewer people need to use Just Food’s services. To do that, people from every corner of Lawrence need to be heard. I remain committed to building bridges, and to do it with integrity and transparency."

“I don’t want to put one group of people on one side and another group of people on the other and have them duel it out in the middle,” Soden said. “I have felt like I’ve had to do that before, and I don’t like it. I want more of a big melting pot.”

"My mom instilled in me that if you were given something, you had to give back,” Criqui said."

These are simply feel good statements. Who is going to disagree with these generic statements? These are just safe statements that all politicians give out while campaigning. There is nothing new about this thinking.

George_Braziller 5 years, 3 months ago

Why? People who can't figure out how to drive around them shouldn't be driving. It's pretty simple.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 3 months ago

I actually like this slate of candidates. There is a bit of choice in political persuasion, in work experience, and the like. I believe each of them to be reasonable people who have the best interests of the whole city in mind. There have been many years we've had a much less appealing slate.

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