Archive for Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wagner opts not to seek re-election as Baldwin City mayor

Baldwin City Hall

Baldwin City Hall

January 9, 2013

Baldwin City Mayor Ken Wagner announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election to another four-year term.

“This decision has been a difficult one for me, because I have thoroughly enjoyed my term as mayor,” Wagner said. “Between the term as mayor and as a city councilman, I have served for 10 years. To run for another term would put me in on 14 years of service, and I just don’t know if I want to maintain the level of intensity that the job requires. That coupled with growth at Heritage Tractor, I think it is time to concentrate on building our business further.”

Wagner was elected mayor in 2009. He serving on the city council from 2000 to 2004 and again from 2007 until his election as mayor.

Wagner said he wished he were younger so that he could build on the accomplishments made with the help of councils and staff the past four years. Among the long list of accomplishments Wagner cited were the two Sixth Street improvement projects, passage of the quality-of-life and capital improvement sale taxes, completion of the U.S. Highway 56 corridor management study, which will lead to improvements to Lawrence and High street intersections on the highway, and the 40-year extension of the city’s water agreement with Lawrence that reduced Baldwin City’s wholesale water rate by 25 percent and tied future hikes to increases passed on to large Lawrence customers.

“I feel good about what the city has accomplished,” he said “I do believe that there is much more to do. I am hopeful that whoever is elected to lead our city will continue with a vision to make it the best city that it can possibly be. I think we have had a vision to do that,and hope it continues.”


Goldie 5 years, 4 months ago

1776 Atty - please feel free to run your posts are typically very logical and well thought out . Only problem I have no idea who you are


1776attorney 5 years, 4 months ago

I think overall that Mr. Wagner was a good council member and mayor although I have many areas where I think the citizens and taxpayers were passed over to favor special interests or pet projects of those in elected or moneyed positions. Many times I felt that expenditures and projects were decided on by people in a “bubble” of like-minded decision-makers (just like the school district).

Outside of that” bubble” is a majority of citizens and taxpayers who disagree and are angry about what happens. Many areas in need of city attention were ignored.

I find the mayor to be a good person although I would disagree with him on some of the projects and expenditures that he and the city council promoted. The fact that he served for 10 years deserves some appreciation and respect.

It is discouraging that we are not seeing some good quality candidates signing up for the upcoming election. There are many educated, experienced and qualified people who should help guide this city while protecting and highlighting our history and heritage. We need moderate, smart, and visionary people.

If asked for my opinion on the first announced mayoral candidate, I will not be endorsing or voting for that candidate. The fact that this candidate has shown themselves to be financially irresponsible in their personal finances (twice), along with wild spending proposals while a council person, plus the negative opinions and lack of knowledge expressed for expanding and improving our library (after the funding has already been approved by voters), makes me think we should expect better in a leader.

The role of city government is to provide “services and infrastructure” for a good quality of life within the city. City government’s role is not to over tax and then wildly spend taxpayer money on projects that do not meet the “services and infrastructure” category or benefit a small group at the neglect of others.

As we approach this year’s election, I’ll offer my ideas and thoughts on the issues and candidates. But it’s just one man’s humble (and not always right) opinion.


callitlikicit 5 years, 4 months ago

Mr. 1776attorney:

As perfect as you sound, I think "you" should run for Mayor or City Council. If you are so discouraged about the past Mayoral decisions and the upcoming election candidates, perhaps you need to get out and make a difference. I find it irritating for those that want to moan and groan and take stabs about others who are trying to make a difference. However, the complainers won't do a doggone thing themselves. Of course perhaps you are unable to get elected..... That is just one humble opinion? (and not always right of course)


scubaben 5 years, 4 months ago

Mr. 1776 Attorney:

In reference to your quote: "It is discouraging that we are not seeing some good quality candidates signing up for the upcoming election. There are many educated, experienced and qualified people who should help guide this city while protecting and highlighting our history and heritage. We need moderate, smart, and visionary people."

I respectfully disagree with this statement. One Mayoral Candidate already has a proven record within this community. Honestly, when I heard our only options would be two members of the current city council I had concerns (yet applaud them for their desires to do so). However, when a name from the past was introduced again Marilyn Pearse - then and only then did I feel relief!

If you do not know about Marilyn Pearse do your research or call her and talk with her personally and get to know her firsthand on the issues that concern you. My wife and I have called her about concerns regarding Baldwin in the past. Talk with those who served on the prior city council with her. (No not all issues went the direction we had hoped - but a vote was taken)

For us we feel Ms. Pearse has the ability to create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion. In our opinion she is a person of integrity, will be a magnanimous mayor, she is assertive and has a great sense of humor.

We look forward to debates between her and the other candidates!


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