Norton: City's interests must come first
I am running for City Council for a number of reasons. First and foremost, Sedalia is my home. I have worked and lived in Sedalia for all of my life. My wife Debbie and I, as well as my two children, were educated in Sedalia and all are graduates of Smith-Cotton High School.
In my 20-plus years serving on City Council, I have made every effort to make Sedalia a better place to live. I hope to help make Sedalia a superior city for my grandchildren — a city with opportunity to live and grow.
As a lifelong resident of Sedalia, I have always been actively involved in the community. I am an active member of First United Methodist Church. I am president of the Smith-Cotton Alumni Association, as well as president of the Sedalia Chapter of the American Field Service. I am a past president of the Noonday Optimist Club and have been a member of the Communication Workers of America, Local 6314, for 20 years. I also take great pride in Sedalia athletics and sponsor many local sports teams.
Second, as a former employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone, AT&T and now as a business owner (Customer Communications), I understand the importance of a balanced budget as well as the needs of employees. Being able to provide our city employees with raises and better benefits is just as important as maintaining our city’s infrastructures. We must maintain our city’s lead in economic development by making the right choices about how we spend the taxpayers’ money.
Third, my years on the City Council have been very enlightening. It has been an opportunity to work with the mayor, other council members, city staff and you, the constituents. Serving on the City Council is a $14 million business and it has to be run in this manner. You need to make decisions that benefit the city as a whole and they may not necessarily be decisions you desire. It is imperative that council members vote for what is ultimately best for the city of Sedalia.
Fourth, maintaining a high level of service in city government as well as in health care/education, parks and recreation and economic development must always remain at the top of our minds. Without any of these, Sedalia will never grow and be able to keep our young people in this area. It is my desire to continue to improve the above programs.
Finally, if I am re-elected to the City Council, I will continue to be a team player and continue to make decisions that are best for the city of Sedalia.
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