3. Unifying Annetta: We need someone able to work with the council, even members they disagree with, to make sensible, timely decisions. I have a demonstrated track record of doing that and doing it well. I am not aligned with any candidate or council member, and am not beholden to any group with an agenda. I am independent, able to listen to both sides, and will vote based on what’s best for the city as a whole.
Are you for or against annexation of area residents served by the city’s water system? Why?
I am for whatever is best for the City of Annetta. As I stated earlier, we don’t have all the facts to determine the costs and benefits of the annexation. I believe it’s irresponsible to blindly support an annexation that could create unsustainable expenses for the city.
Once the facts are gathered, and if the facts indicate that the annexation would be a probable monetary benefit to the city, then the petitioners should request annexation again. Under those circumstances I think the petition should be discussed and the citizens of Annetta would have an opportunity for public comment. I would make my decision regarding whether to vote for the annexation based on the feedback of the citizens and a thoughtful analysis of the costs and benefits to the city.
Why do you believe you are the best candidate for the position? What separates you from your opponent?
I have a wide range of experience that will help me serve Annetta and sets me apart from my opponent. For 20 years I’ve been in the business of working with various utility customers across the nation – negotiating contracts and helping them lower their rates and receive better service from utility companies. Through this I have also worked with regulatory agencies, written rules and regulations, and proposed legislation. This has given me experience and relationships that could help me better serve our city.