The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 1, 2013

EDITORIAL: Getting ready to vote? Here's our analysis

With the election only days away, the Clinton Herald Editorial Board sat down with each candidate running for a seat on the Clinton City Council.

The sessions were similar to a job interview, with board members learning new items about each candidate unknown before this process began. Based on the questions asked and the time we sat down with each candidate, we formulated a joint opinion on how well each person would do as a member of the Clinton City Council.

The questions consisted of learning about how each person would contribute to the growth of the city, how the city can become better in attracting new residents and businesses, significant issues, elements that make Clinton a great place to live and elements that can be changed to make Clinton a better place to live, and a background of experience.

Second ward — Lynn McGraw

McGraw doesn’t have anything to worry about since she is running unopposed. We’re not worried about the lack of challengers, though.

Lynn proved herself throughout the interview, providing us with one of the best sessions. She’s focused on the budget and showcased her ability to listen and make informed decisions. She’s been involved with several groups and knows finance, giving her credibility on the first day she is sworn in.

She can handle herself with any group and showed in the time we spent with her that she was willing to take time, listen and develop a thoughtful response to each question.

Her main emphasis focused on escalating taxes and fees, something that she wants to decrease when joining the council.

As with any new member of the council, she will have a learning curve, especially when trying to make decisions on reducing fees and taxes, and still maintaining the city’s responsibilities. We believe she is up to the task and will be a quality addition to the council.

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With the Clinton County Justice Coordinating Commission and the Clinton County Board of Supervisors discussing proposals to construct a new jail, do you think the time has come for Clinton County to construct such a facility?

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