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U City Elections: What Do You Want to Know?

Patch wants to know what you want to ask the candidates.

Municipal election season is upon us and University City Patch is gearing up to bring you the best local election coverage possible. 

Local elections are April 3.

There is no election this year in the ; only two candidates filed for the two open positions. Incumbent Linda Peoples and newcomer John Clark will be seated on the board after election day.

Several candidates have filed for a seat on the  City Council. The candidates are: incumbent  and ; First Ward;  and , Second Ward; and incumbent Arthur Sharpe, Jr., Third Ward. 

Second Ward Council member Lynn Ricci did not file to retain her seat.

Patch Participation

As we prepare to interview the candidates, U City Patch wants to know what issues are on the minds of voters. If you were asking the questions, what would you ask? 

Is there a hot button issue which you would like to hear a candidate's opinion? Do you have general questions you would like to see all candidates answer or do you have specific questions for certain candidates? 

Add your questions to the comment section at the bottom of this story and Patch will include them in our candidate questionaire. Please ask questions that are on point and deal with the issues — this is not a forum for personal attacks on one candidate or a specific issue.

This is your election University City — what information do you need before heading into the voting booth? 

Local Voices

Patch is inviting all local candidates for city council and school board to blog on the University City Patch site. If candidates choose to participate, their blogs will appear under Local Voices on the Patch site.

These blogs are the opinions of the candidates and the content is owned by them. Patch reviews posts for spelling and grammar — we do not and will not edit for content. Blog posts are done at will by the blogger and can be written as often or infrequently as the blogger chooses.

Patch is providing a platform. We hope that this spurs open discussion and increased awareness. Please remember to keep comments cordial and on point. 

Ed February 26, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Please ask each candidate the following questions: 1) The Mayor and City Manager are currently violating two council resolutions where the Council specifically voted, and obviously intended, to use the driving range lights. The UCity Charter and Municipal Code constantly states that "...the true intent and meaning of the city council may be fully carried out." Would you vote for turning the driving range lights back on immediately and keeping them on until at least 9:00 pm? 2) We have a very serious crisis in governance of UCity by the the Mayor and City Manager violating two council resolutions. Ordinances are laws and have penalties if they are not enforced. Resolutions, according to the current city attorney, do not have to be adhered to in the same way as ordinances. Would you support an ordinance that states that resolutions must be carried out with the same strength, and with the same penalties, as ordinances?
Diana W. February 26, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I am concerned about the lack of participation in School Board elections. Competition will raise our standards; lack of it will cause more malaise. With a district barely hanging on to accreditation, I hope qualified residents step up to the plate.
Gregory Pace February 26, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Do you support Lehman Walker?
Cindy February 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The law firm of a sitting council member has represented the city manager in bringing a personal lawsuit against a U. City resident. Since two of the candidates running for council are attornies, please ask whether either of them has ever represented Mr. Walker in any lawsuits or complaints brought against him.
Charles F February 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM
How much time is left in the Mayors current term and when can we appoint a new City Manager? Can't wait to get rid of these two!
Kim February 28, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Do you support the City Manager's hiring of a Washington, D.C. lobbyist and if so, can you cite examples of cities similar to ours who have done so and how they have benefitted from it?
Kim February 28, 2012 at 07:48 PM
City Manager Lehman Walker recently made a public withdrawal from from the ICMA (International City Management Assoc.) citing the cost to the city ($1,040 annually) as a primary factor. Do the council candidates support the idea of city administrators holding memberships in such professional organizations (the ICMA in particular, as employees like the City Manager are contractually obligated to follow their ethics standards)? If not, would they advocate for all city employees with current memberships to drop them, and if so, do they believe the taxpayers should incur the expense or rather the individual employee (s).

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