Sunday, November 17, 2013

2015 City Elections

In approximately one year from now folks will be signing up to run for office in the city elections of April 2015.

That's not that far away.  Personally, I'd like to see more citizens involved with what happens on the local level to include voting in the city elections.

So, what do we have to look forward to?

Mayor:  Jeff Meters will be finishing his third term.  Add that to all the years he has served as a member of the council and he has definitely put in lots of time.  Look for him to retire from city politics.  What will happen?  See some comments below.

Ward I:  Jim Neighbor is up for reelection.  Most of the time one does not know what his position is on various issues until he votes.  It would be nice if he would state his position(s) ahead of time.

Ward II:  Long term council member Neal Sawyer is probably going to retire after this term, leaving his seat up for grabs.  It should be noted that Alan Willoughby, the mayor's uncle by marriage, has been attending most council and committee meetings.  Is he planning a run on his own? 

Ward III:  Stephanie Meyer who was just appointed to fill an open seat will now have an opportunity to run for election for a full term on her own.  Jeff "The Arrogant One" Vaught is rumored to be considering a run for mayor.  Since his seat on the council is not up for reelection at this time, his council seat is safe if he loses the mayor's race.  If he runs for mayor, let's help him to keep his seat on the council by losing the mayoral election. 

Ward IV:  Now this one is the fun one to watch.  Mickey Sandifer is up for reelection but it appears that he wants a shot at the mayor's office.  Since Mickey can only run for one office, he would have to run and win for mayor to stay in government.  Now, if he runs for mayor, that means that there is no incumbent running.  Guess what? Ward IV is getting a new resident.  None other than Dawn "Motormouth" Kuhn.  That is unless she runs under her soon to be new married name.  But, a motormouth is still a motormouth.  Kuhn getting elected to represent Ward IV would be just as much of a disaster as Jeff Vaught getting elected to be mayor.  Between Sandifer or Vaught, it's gottta be Sandifer...............unless somebody else pops in.

Stay involved Shawnee, the future of your city could depend on it.

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