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  • Election Q&A – Blue Springs City Council District 1: Dale Carter

  • Dale Carter is a candidate for the District 1 Blue Springs City Council race. The incumbent, he will face Preston Smith in the April 2 election.

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  • Dale Carter is a candidate for the District 1 Blue Springs City Council race. The incumbent, he will face Preston Smith in the April 2 election.
    1. Why are you running for a seat on the Blue Springs City Council?
    I ran in 2010 because of my perception that Blue Springs wasn’t living up to its motto as the “City of Cooperation.” In fact, it seemed like we were doing our best, on the political front, to make life as difficult as possible for progress and development. The voters seemed to agree. For the first time in anyone’s memory, the council put three new members on. We have begun to see development, and I’m proud to say I’ve been involved in some of those negotiations, including removing unreasonable obstacles to growth.
    2. If elected, what are your top three priorities?
    Let’s start with what I promised last time. I said I would work to get the police department the tools they needed to do the job. Done. I said I’d work to enact a First Time Home Buyer’s program. Done. I said that I would work to cut the red tape holding back development in Blue Springs. Work in Progress. Beyond those, I think we’ll need to work on populating the new Woods Chapel corridor with businesses we want in Blue Springs. I have been and will continue working on developing an entertainment district that would encompass a movie theater, restaurants and other entertainment amenities. Lastly, I would like to see the dream of rail for Kansas City become a reality. The two stations planned for Blue Springs would spur development, especially in the downtown area.
    3. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the people in your district, and how would you address that challenge?
    What I hear most often is “why don’t we have more sit-down restaurants?” The fact is that the city has very little control over that. All we can really do is create an environment that attracts development. The more often we show that we are, indeed, a “City of Cooperation,” the more likely developers and other business creators will look toward Blue Springs in a positive light.
    4. How would you ensure that the city of Blue Springs operates efficiently?
    I’m actually quite proud of the work Eric Johnson and his staff have done in this area. I have seen first-hand that progress has been made. Make no mistake, just like in the private sector, competition is keen for development of what we want in Blue Springs. Everyone from the political leadership to the rank and file of city employment needs to be on the same page with that message.
     
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