As Bobby Dean sees it, some good things are going in Buckner, but one alderman – a candidate for mayor in Tuesday’s election – is giving the city a black eye.

As Bobby Dean sees it, some good things are going in Buckner, but one alderman – a candidate for mayor in Tuesday’s election – is giving the city a black eye.

“In little old bitty communities like this, people ought to try to get along,” he said.

However, Alderman Tim Runyon has been convicted of stealing city property and faces charges of domestic violence. Dean says he confronted Runyon about that at a public meeting two weeks ago, calling on him to drop his bid for mayor and quit as aldermen but says Runyon didn’t respond.

“It’s such a black eye. I mean, here’s an elected official,” said Dean, who owns a construction company in town and who serves on a couple of local boards.

The Examiner left a message at Runyon’s home this week and the person there said he would call back, but Runyon did not contact the newspaper Thursday or Friday.

Dean pointed to a variety of concerns over the past year. The Runyons were involved in Lewis and Clark Days and the city’s mud run, but after an accident in 2010 the city didn’t hold the event in 2011, leading to a dispute that involved a sign in the Runyons’ yard saying “Welcome to Hitler Ville.” Runyon’s wife, Theresa, has said she put the sign up. She also is a candidate for the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday.

Last year, Tim Runyon was convicted of stealing around $200 worth of old telegraph equipment belonging to the city; he is appealing that conviction. A Buckner police report from about the same time also details Runyon admitting that he took five city-owned park benches.

Then last month he was charged with assault, and a Buckner Police Department report details his daughter seeking an order for protection and moving out of her parents’ home. She described repeated instances of physical and verbal abuse, starting when she was about 6.

“That’s what did it for me,” Dean said of reading the police report about the daughter.

Dean said Buckner residents are working for a better city – “We want to do some positive things for the community,” he said – but that Tim Runyon’s actions are setting things back. He says he’s so upset that he’s ready to move is home and business to Grain Valley if Runyon is elected mayor.

“He’s a bully,” Dean said. “Nobody will stand up to him.”