Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2009

Three file for mayor’s race; five for city council

January 29, 2009

After all the smoke had settled, five candidates had filed for Baldwin City Council positions and three for the mayor’s post.

The three candidates for mayor — incumbent Gary Walbridge, Council Member Ken Wagner and one-time Council Member George McCrary — have a wealth of experience. The five council candidates are all newcomers.

Incumbent Council Members Amy Cleavinger and Doyle Jardon chose not to run for re-election. The five seeking their seats on the council are Tom Farmer, Ric Gere, Russ Gill, Chris Nichols and Bonnie Plumberg.

All eight candidates will square off in the April 7 election. There will be no primary. Initially, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew noted that most of the filing action was coming from Baldwin City. But other communities finally got candidates.

“I think it puts you on par with Eudora and Lawrence on city filings,” said Shew. “For school board, Eudora and Lawrence have races, but not Baldwin City.”

There also was a sixth candidate who filed for council, but Dan Broers withdrew this week.

“I pulled my name off the ballot for city council,” said Broers, citing newly developed family obligations that prevented him from running this time around. “I think it’s something I will pursue in two years,” he said of filing again.

Shew said withdrawals aren’t uncommon.

“No, it happens every now and then,” he said. “It’s happened more with city and school than others, but it has happened.”

Walbridge and Wagner have both cited their interest in the mayor’s position as a result of the tough times ahead regarding budgets. McCrary was unavailable for comment last week. He just wants to be involved.

“Just to participate and be part of the city,” McCrary said of his reason to run. “Hopefully add some leadership, add some direction, I guess. It’s good to have people involved. I’ve been involved in the past and want to be in the future.

“Let’s see what the election brings,” he said.

McCrary successfully ran for city council in 2000. However, he resigned after a year on the council as a result of an ongoing problem with the police department. He doesn’t think that’s the situation now.

“I don’t see that our city is confronting issues like it was then,” said McCrary. “We aren’t facing that now. My family is in a different place. I’m more mature.”

Comments

ghostofphyllis 5 years, 9 months ago

Mature?...as in showing that quality of maturity? Lets take a look at the definition of that for a moment.

"Maturity is a psychological term used to indicate that a person responds to the circumstances or environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctual. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act in serious or non-serious ways." From Wikipedia definitions.

Uh...nope try again donkey george ya missed the mark on that one....

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NanCrisp 5 years, 9 months ago

This article makes it sound as if George personally had an ongoing problem with the police department. Newcomers to B.C. might read this and think that George has been some kind of crook. (Unbiased reporting compliments of "our watchdog.") Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Those who remember the "ongoing problem" will also remember who was the mayor and who was on the City Council during all that c**p. George's withdrawal at the time should be applauded. He refused to participate in the charade/vendetta that was being perpetrated. No matter how any of the council members felt about the circumstances, it was a "Peyton Place" type of thing that just kept getting less and less professional and put an ugly light on our little B.C. Voting with your feet is sometimes the only way to express your disapproval of circumstances that others are allowing to spin out of control.

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ghostofphyllis 5 years, 9 months ago

Wow nancy we remember when you voted with your feet on the Maple Leaf festival chair. Im sure your level of commitment matches the aforementioned person. Sort of kindred spirits of the "waters are rough lets bail" mentality.

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bc 5 years, 9 months ago

"Uh…nope try again donkey george ya missed the mark on that one…."

After a lecture on maturity, I expected more.... then again, ghostofphyllis, perhaps you are setting the level of maturity we should expect from you.

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NanCrisp 5 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely unbelievable, ghost. As our "watchdog" and D.W. made clear by reporting my personal issues in the newspaper at that time, I quit the MLFC for health reasons, which continued for about 2 more years after that time. My resignation was not a political demonstration of any kind.

Prior to resigning, which was a very difficult decision to make, I had served more than five years on the committee, with increasing responsibility, including two years as secretary (having to attend EVERY meeting) and two years as vice chairman. I would remind you that MLFC is a VOLUNTEER organization. Every hour that every member puts into it is out of the kindness of their heart.

If you are, indeed, the same poster who used to go by "greyghost," then you have managed to catapult yourself to the rank of horse's a** while calling others donkeys. If you are someone else, then if you have mealy-mouthed things to say about people, it would be much less cowardly to do so in your own name. Your name must not be "Phyllis" as there was no Phyllis on the MLFC, so anything "Phyllis" would have to say about that would be hearsay at best.

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ghostofphyllis 5 years, 9 months ago

Now Now Nancy calm thyself. We wouldnt want you to become overwrought and rave away like a maniac here on speak out.....oops....to late....

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NanCrisp 5 years, 9 months ago

This isn't Speak out, my dear. This is the place where you comment upon the article above. As you are obviously disoriented, please go to the top of the page and click on "Speak out." You can then set up your own blog where you can spew your childish ignorance ad infinitum.

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ghostofphyllis 5 years, 9 months ago

Nancy meus penuriosus misguided fossor. Narro est mortuus quod is est solus venue left nobis. Vestri utor of a lingua vos cant vel laudo rectus permissum unus narro vere ostendo vestri ignarus.

I will leave you to chew on that one. Trying to use a language you dont comprehend let alone speak is very amusing.....

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greyghost 5 years, 8 months ago

Nan, I am not gop. I agree with you that she/he is nothing more than a smear on the toilet wall; demanding someone's attention and yearning to be p'd on.

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