Archive for Thursday, January 18, 2007

Council slate grows by two

January 18, 2007

Two more candidates have filed for the De Soto City Council with less than a week remaining before the filing deadline for the April election.

Incumbent Betty Cannon, who had said she was leaning toward seeking another term, made it official in the last week. She was joined by Ron Crow Jr., who has run four times in the past for a council seat.

Earlier council filings included incumbent Mitra Templin, Mike Drennon and Kirk Johnson.

Cannon said there wasn't any one issue that swayed her decision to seek re-election.

"Several people called me and asked that I consider running again," she said. "I'm still interested in what's happening in the city. I would like to see more things completed that we're working on."

Those include a solution to the city's water needs, progress on the downtown revitalization plan adopted last year and one project dear to her heart.

"The boat ramp," she said. "I want to see more done down there."

Cannon took the lead in organizing volunteer efforts to build the boat ramp. The city has started a process proposed by City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle meant to get a design in place this spring for a park at the city's West Bottom property that includes the boat ramp.

Crow said people asked if he was running each council election cycle. He said he passed on the past two elections to get better educated on city issues.

"Even through I've ran four times in the past, this feels like the first time because this is my first educated run," he said. "I feel like I have a lot to offer the city."

His top issue, Crow said, was downtown revitalization.

"I'd like to see that go," he said. "I think the city can offer incentives like TIFs to make it work."

Should six or fewer candidates file for the council, no primary will be necessary. Should the slate grow to seven or more, a Feb. 27 primary will be scheduled to reduce the field to six.

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