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Examiner
  • Whiting wins at-large seat on Independence City Council

  • Just as he promised in his campaign, Chris Whiting says Independence city government will bring accountability and transparency.

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  • Just as he promised in his campaign, Chris Whiting says Independence city government will bring accountability and transparency.
    With 61 of 63 precincts reporting as of press time Tuesday, Whiting defeated Patrick Cierpiot for the Independence City Council at-large seat. Whiting had 23,812 votes (56.71 percent) compared to Cierpiot’s 17,552 votes (41.80 percent), with 1.49 percent (627) unofficial write-ins.
    Whiting said his interest in local politics was heightened this spring when he was elected as a board trustee for the Metropolitan Community Colleges system.
    “I really enjoyed it and took it very seriously,” he said. “I thought at that time that someday down the road, I would like to run for a bigger office and see if I could help my community with a little bit larger span of control.”
    Whiting thought that larger political calling would come in a few years, but it came in a few months when former At-Large Council Member Lucy Young unexpectedly resigned in early July.
    “Sometimes, opportunity opens up when you least expect it,” Whiting said, adding that he wants to make Independence more business-friendly and add to the city’s employment base, as well as keeping public safety a top priority.
    Whiting said he also wants to see The Falls at Crackerneck Creek become a profitable development for the city, with the city management analyst conducting a full audit on the project to determine the “best plan of attack in moving forward.”
    Although Cierpiot is the son of two area politicians – former state Missouri House Rep. Connie Cierpiot and newly re-elected state Missouri House Rep. Mike Cierpiot – he said he hadn’t been a political person himself until recently.
    Cierpiot organized a well-attended town-hall meeting in mid-June concerning the former Rockwood Golf Course and its potential new use. When Young resigned in early July, Cierpiot said, he saw the opportunity to run for the vacant at-large City Council seat.
    Early in the evening, Cierpiot said he was unsure if he would run for City Council again in 2014 if he lost the race. He said the Rockwood Golf Course issue is “still near and dear” to him and felt that he could still be a leader on the issue.
    “I’m not going to be a guy who is constantly critical, you know,” Cierpiot said. “I’ll be, I guess, an observer. I’m certainly going to do what I can to support (District 2 Council Member) Curt Dougherty and give support to (District 4 Council Member) Eileen Weir when it’s due.”
     
     

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