CLINTON — Several questions were answered by eight people seeking a seat on the Clinton City Council on Thursday during a candidate forum held at City Hall.
Residents in-house and those watching live on the city network television channel, had an opportunity to meet the two candidates running for first ward, the unopposed second ward candidate, the two running for first ward and four of the five candidates running for the at-large seats on the Clinton City Council.
Each were asked a series of questions, ranging in topic, by forum moderator Wylie Pillers during the session and each had a variety of solutions to the issues facing the city of Clinton.
”We’re on our way to making Clinton a much better managed city. I would like to continue this work to follow through on the improved financial processes, strengthen our boards and commissions, get more citizens involved, and much more,” said third ward incumbent Bev Hermann during her introductory speech. “Although it hasn’t been easy, I appreciate the opportunity of council work and the nice people of this city and I plan to continue.”
The candidates were split into two groups for the forum, with those from the first, second and third wards in one group and candidates running for the two open, at-large seats, in the second. Each group received the same questions and were allowed five minutes to give their answers. Since second ward candidate Lynn McGraw is running unopposed in the Nov. 5 election, she was not required to take part in the question and answer portion of the forum.
Questions ranged from how the council candidates plan to handle the continued decrease in the city’s population, their opinions on two referendum initiatives that will be added to the Nov. 5 ballot that could raise city taxes, the possibility of combining the city and county assessor positions, and how the candidates plan to rectify the city’s tax levy.