Dear Mayor or City Council candidate,
Please consider answering the following
questions for readers of my Web log,
Some of the questions I asked might seem
unusual or frivolous but I believe in some of the every day
common things of life, we can find great insight into people so,
please bear with me.
This will be your opportunity to allow voters
some insight into who you are as a person, as well as a
candidate, an opportunity to become "human," if you will. Please
do feel free to share as much information as you care to and
tell as many personal stories you would like to tell under each
topic. I like to think people want to know as much about their
council representative as possible.
I will post them in the order in which they
1. Please rate the following core services in
the order in which you, personally, feel they should be
3 capital improvements
1 public safety
4 quality of life, as in
entertainment; parks; sport events; the arts; etc.
2 road and bridge maintenance and
2. Do you support a 1 percent sales tax to
fund the police and fire pension plan?
No I did not. I support the SOS ¼ cent
sunset, ¼ cent pension fund tax plan. This proposal will result
in a no net tax increase. I would entertain other tax increase
proposals only after exercising all other available options.
3. Do you support a sales tax of some amount
less than 1 percent but equal to or more than 1/8-cent? If so,
what would you consider the ideal amount within that range?
I think Mr. Burris’ tax proposal would have
passed if he had only asked for a ¼ to 3/8 % sales tax
increase. I still like the idea of reallocating general fund
revenue before increasing the total sales tax in Springfield
4. Describe, in your opinion, what are "core
The Springfield Police Department, Springfield
Fire Department, Springfield Public Works Department, and the
City Clerk’s Office. There are other departments that support
the core city services, and I understand their need to be
funded. I would strive as Mayor to make sure core city services
are funded first.
5. If forced to cut areas of the budget which
include the core city services you listed or indicated in #4,
list the order in which you would cut the services from the most
to the least amount.
City Clerk’s Office, Public Works, Police
Department, Fire Department
6. Are there any core city services listed in
#4 that you would simply refuse to support cutting? If so, why
would you refuse to cut those services?
I would not want to cut the already emaciated
Police and Fire Departments. As a member of the business
community, though, I understand that expenses must stay below
revenues to keep an organization solvent.
7. When funding capital improvement projects
how would you set priorities among the projects eligible for
funding in the current and upcoming voter approved capital
improvement project lists?
The wording of the CIP tax passed by voters in
2007 states “High Priority” projects. I would push for a
discussion at the first City Council meeting with new members on
a possible priority number for the projects. I also would
stress that the priorities may change if economic conditions and
constituent attitude towards the project change. This was
definitely the case with the Wayfinding Sign program.
8. How would you stay in touch with your
constituents to insure you were properly representing them?
I am good at answering emails. I would make
myself available to local radio, print, internet, and television
media. I would knock doors and attend public forums whenever
9. Explain why you want to serve on the City
I want to see a City Council that will start
representing the conservative majority in Springfield again.
10. If elected to City Council, will you read
the background information on every bill proposed for passage
before you enter the Council Chambers to hear first reading of a
bill and before casting your vote to either support or oppose
Yes. The only way the Mayor is going to
provide leadership is by knowing his stuff. I can also admit
when I am ill prepared to cast a vote, and would move to table
the bill if others are in the same situation, if appropriate.
11. In your opinion, do current events effect
past votes of the public on any given sales tax?
Yes. We are in an ever changing world. Also,
the residents who choose to make their voice known to their
elected official changes with every election cycle. In the end,
the person who is elected to Council by the voters chooses
whether to make decisions based on personal conviction, public
opinion, or a combination.
12. In your opinion, would it ever be
beneficial to poll registered Springfield voters or your zone
constituency, by some method you might determine
yourself, regarding controversial issues before making a
decision as to whether you would support a particular
bill? There are some bills where you will have a strong personal
conviction, and I think you must go with your values system
regarding that decision. Other bills allow you to poll public
opinion, listen to both sides of an issue, and analyze data
13. Do you consider yourself to have a
conservative philosophy or a liberal philosophy, or perhaps,
somewhere in between? Explain. Conservative
I believe in the Right to Life for the Unborn,
regardless of how the pregnancy came about. I believe the
government should not tax someone based on production of
wealth. I believe every law-abiding American has the right to
own and carry any firearm, especially in Springfield, Missouri
14. What personal philosophy(ies) do you hold
which might effect the way you vote on future issues of the
If a bill does not promote some personal
responsibility, or seeks to tear down some residents’ interests
in the name of building up other residents’ interests, I cannot
15. Do you recycle? If not, why not?
I have in the past by taking materials to the
Lone Pine Recycling Center. We don’t have room in the garage
currently to store the recycle-eligible materials. While I like
the idea of curbside recycling, I don’t think a City of
Springfield mandate through franchising is the way to get this
accomplished. The waste agreement just signed does not promote
recycling; it increases revenue for the City.
16. When was the last time you visited a
Springfield area park? It has been a few weeks since the
campaign started. When and if you visited a Springfield
area park, did you attend a special event or just decide to go
to the park?
I play racquetball on the tennis courts at a
number of parks on the North Side of Springfield. I hope to
play Softball at Killian and Ewing in April.
17. What is your favorite color? Blue
18. What is your favorite item of clothing and
My belt. I will actually turn around and come
back to the house if I forget to put it on, even if my pants are
snug and I don’t really need it.
19. What is your favorite genre of music?
Country. I am originally from Nashville, TN.
Growing up, I listened to WSM 650-AM.
20. What is your favorite book?
I really liked the book, Manning, by Archie
and Peyton Manning. I never knew much about Archie. I am a
huge Tennessee Volunteers fan, and I enjoyed hearing about
Peyton’s time in college.
21. Do you have any pets? Cat(s)? Dog(s)? Are
you a "cat person" or a "dog person" and why?
I have one dog, Rosco. I am a dog person
because I like the interaction between man and man’s best
22. Do you attend a church regularly? If so,
what faith would you associate yourself with?
Yes. I attend Springfield Community Church.
I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church, and my beliefs match up
with most Baptists.
23. What is your favorite kind of food?
It’s American, but I am starting to lean
toward Mexican and Chinese.
24. What is your favorite kind of pie? Candy?
Pumpkin Pie (My wife’s is the best)