The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 1, 2013

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


Third Ward — Bev Hermann vs. Ed O’Neill

During our meetings with Hermann and O’Neill, it became apparent of the significant issues important to each of them.

Hermann focused on the city becoming more positive.

O’Neill’s main concern is openness. He’s disgruntled with the city’s usage of closed meetings during the years on making decisions, and his concern is evident through his involvement in the Citizens for Open Government’s attempt at opening closed session minutes from previous Clinton City Council meetings.

It is an interesting race between the two. Throughout the interview process, though, we didn’t hear many specifics from Hermann about moving the city forward.

She was concerned with the attitude of residents, which was a common theme. However, her statements lacked depth on the major issues facing the city, and there were no ideas on changes the city could do to make improvements.

Ed’s passion is undeniable. He came equipped with ideas on capitalizing his hope for openness by saying he would hold meetings with citizens and listen to residents.

However, it is one thing to talk about being open when it’s other people being scrutinized.

Will he be candid with the media about the city’s issues, as he has been in the past, when disagreeing with city officials’ decisions?

We hope he is truly passionate about openness if he’s elected to the Clinton City Council.

We appreciated Hermann’s attention in making the city more positive and we believe the city is trending toward the direction. We also appreciate O’Neill’s ability to ask tough questions and be a person devoted to finding out the truth.

With those issues at hand, we leaned toward O’Neill being the best representative for ward three.

First Ward — Julie Allesee vs. Maggie Klaes

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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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