The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 1, 2013

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


We commend both women for serving the Clinton City Council during these last few years.

Because of redistricting, Allesee was moved to the first ward, setting up a showdown with current ward-one councilwoman Klaes.

Allesee’s involvement in the community is almost unmatched. She has been a regular around the city of Clinton and has fought for businesses throughout her career, whether in a professional sense or as a councilwoman.

Klaes is willing to listen to her constituents, something we believe is lacking at times in the city of Clinton. She will try to do what’s best for the residents of Clinton.

During this process, it became apparent that Allesee is focused on repairing the budget. She realizes the challenges the city faces and knows the city may have to say “no” every once in awhile to shore up its budget.

Although Klaes will listen to residents, she did not offer new ideas on how to improve the city’s standing.

The editorial board believes Allesee would be the best representative for Ward 1 based on her experience with the city of Clinton and her attitude on getting the city on the right path.

At Large — Tom Determann, Jennifer Graf, Andrew Luett, Andy Sokolovich, Grant Wilke

For this election, voters will have the opportunity to vote for two people. There is a chance for a run-off election. In the past two elections where a run-off was a possibility, it has happened. In 2011, for the mayoral race, Ed O’Neill and Mark Vulich squared off in the run-off election after garnering 1,126 and 1,692 votes, respectively. They were forced into a run-off because they did not meet the threshold of 2,096 votes.

In 2009, in the last at-large election, Charlie Mulholland and Ron Mallicoat faced each other in a run-off election, while Graf nabbed the seat out-right.

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