There were some bright spots in the Municipal elections yesterday.
Two new people were elected to council — Martha Stowe and Ron Foulk. One incumbent, Charlie Flowers returned to office.
|* Martha S. Stowe||852||20 %|
|* Ron Foulk||710||17 %|
|* Charles Flowers||556||13 %|
|Richard Turner||517||12 %|
|Curtis Gaston||509||12 %|
|Irl Dixon||501||12 %|
|Becky Burch||361||8 %|
|Dennis Boyce||230||5 %|
|Karen Valentine||56||1 %|
Congratulations to the new and returning council members. However, the dynamic does not change al that much.
Becky Burch was replaced by an ally in Ron Foulk. His positions on growth management are still fuzzy and we wonder if his job responsibilities may interfer with his ability to be an effective member of council. He is a vert smart and articulate administrator and that pleases all of us, because he will take the time to read and research issues that come before council – not blindly vote as directed by others. As a community, we encourage you to watch Mr. Foulk carefully on issues such as city personnel and public safety, strategic planning, view points on annexation-related services and timelines. A person can do a lot of damage in 4 years.
Charlie Flowers’ support has diminished in this election, earning only 556 votes this time around. The overall turnout and number of candidates certainly contributed to the number. We hope that he would have promised to stay awake through the council meetings and work sessions in return for his re-election bid, but he didn’t offer that to the voters. It is difficult to see if he will still carry his chip on the shoulder towards newcomers to the community or if he will embrace the positives that come with planned growth and management.
The new triumvirate will line up with Flowers, Foulk, and Martin setting the tone and quite possibly fighting the manager’s and mayor’s overall strategic comprehensive growth agenda. Basically, this election result guarantees that we will see at least two more years of personal agendas over what is best for the community.
Martha Stowe brings a good mind and energy to the council. We hope that she will remain even-handed in this public role. She is certainly articulate and will speak her mind.
All are supporters of parks and recreation plans. That is a good thing. With the approval of the Bond, the Parks and Recreation Department can seriously begin work on their master plan of 2003.
|Belmont Park and Rec. Bond – $12,000,000|
|* Yes||1,046||69 %|
We certainly expect that Mr. Dixon and his 100-year family legacy will be back for either another run for council or to challenge as Mayor. That will bear watching the next two years.
Again, we will support — and watch carefully — as the new council members are seated and begin their term.
The Belmont Chamber of Commerce is endorsing both Bond Referendums on the November 6 ballot.
We are agreeing to this endorsement as well.
Vote yes for the $12 million Parks and Recreation Bonds.
Vote yes for the $175 million School Bonds.
Food, drink, friends and neighbors. Discussing politics among friends can get touchy from time to time, but the great food made up for it.
Everyone walked away with a good feeling about the following recommendations:
- Your vote is crucial to the foward movement of Belmont, its extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), and the next generation of families and citizens.
- Every vote counts. Do not underestimate the power of one vote, just remember to get out and make the effort. Multiply your effectiveness by calling your neighbor and offering to help them get to a polling station.
- Becky Burch and Charlie Flowers need to be retired by election out of office. Both have continued to perpetuate the good ‘ol boy backwoods emotion of pitting newcomers against the hometown-born and raised. They are inneffective as a team and inconsequential as free-thinkers.
The Belmont Front Porch is endorsing Dennis Boyce, Martha Stowe, and Richard Turner for City Council.
Dennis Boyce, no relation to Mayor Richard Boyce, has demonstrated a willingness to become involved with the community politics and represent the North Belmont Community that for years has been underserved. Mr. Boyce will represent the community in an educated manner, listen to both sides of a story, and not have preconceived notions about his own pocketbook.
We feel that Martha Stowe deserves your vote and support because she too will bring a sense of fairness to the council discussions. Martha is knowledgeable about the issues, has a good connection to the younger people of the community, and continues to work hard in a number of community activities that are not always sports-related. She will not be anybody’s patsie.
Richard Turner was the toughest decision for endorsement. However, we do feel that ultimately he too will be fair in his council decisions and processing of the issues. Our concern is over his axe-grinding on public-private partnerships. He has demonstrated a willingness to learn more about an issue, even if he openly disagrees, he is civil in his overall behaviors and will talk to opponents.
Independent voices for an independent and thriving community. It is your choice, we still love you Belmont, whether you agree with our choices or not.
See ya’ll on Tuesday !