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October 31, 2013

EDITORIAL: Candidates' answers shed light on plans for city

Tuesday is a very important day for the city of Clinton.

Actually, that is an understatement.

The happenings of that day will be crucial to the future of this city’s 26,000 residents.

That’s because the ballots cast Tuesday, as well as those turned in during the days leading up to the election through the absentee voting process, will determine who will lead Clinton into the future as members of the Clinton City Council.

And this isn’t just about a couple new faces — this is an election in which five of seven council seats are up for grabs. They include two at-large seats, and the one seat each that represents Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3.

In all, 10 candidates have stepped forward to place their names on the ballot: At-large candidates Tom Determann, incumbent Jennifer Graf, Andrew Luett, Andrew Sokolovich and Grant Wilke; Ward 1 candidates Julie Allesee and incumbent Maggie Klaes; Ward 3 candidates incumbent Bev Hermann and challenger Ed O’Neill; and the lone Ward 2 candidate, Lynn McGraw, who is running to fill the seat vacated by Allesee, who has been serving Ward 2 but is now in Ward 1 due to ward boundary changes.

As in every election, each of these candidates brings his or her own set of unique experiences and perspectives to the table; knowing that, the Clinton Herald Editorial Board met with each candidate last week and asked the same set of questions:

•If elected, how well would you work with other council members and city employees to help grow the city of Clinton?

• How will you make the city of Clinton more competitive when attracting residents and businesses?

• Do you have a significant issue that you’re passionate about?

• What is one element that makes Clinton a better place to live?

• What is one element of the city of Clinton that you would like to change immediately to create a better future?

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