I am running for District 2 City Council because the financial condition of our city as been terribly mismanaged. Our city badly needs experienced and capable leadership right now. We have seen our city close two hospitals but open up a sporting goods store. The Bass Pro development has cost $10.5 million in taxpayers bailouts, with no audits, oversight or even meaningful discussion by the mayor, the City Council or the city staff.

I am running for District 2 City Council because the financial condition of our city as been terribly mismanaged. Our city badly needs experienced and capable leadership right now. We have seen our city close two hospitals but open up a sporting goods store. The Bass Pro development has cost $10.5 million in taxpayers bailouts, with no audits, oversight or even meaningful discussion by the mayor, the City Council or the city staff.

If elected, I will work hard to end these closed-door, sweetheart deals to politically connected developers, and not another penny to the Bass Pro money pit. We all know Independence is not so large or wealthy that it can bleed out this kind of money without affecting basic city services.

One of my first tasks, if honored to represent District 2, is to order a comprehensive, outside audit of the entire Bass Pro debacle. Shockingly, this has not yet happened. No one knows what the developers have done with the money the City Council has confiscated from the taxpayers, because no one has bothered to ask. I will ask, and I will demand answers.

I realize my tough questions may not always make friends. Through my experience in the Missouri General Assembly, I know that chummy relations with bureaucrats and lobbyists don’t cure bad public policy. The taxpayers deserve better than business as usual, and in this economy the status quo isn’t good enough anymore.

I pledge to do my best for my neighbors in District 2 to see that they receive a fair share of city services. Cutting waste and stopping corporate welfare bailouts are essential if we want to get our city back on the right path.