Ok Uncivil rights is calling me out about the mayor race.
Again spare me the non-partisan thing with this race, if it was non-partisan would the unions be putting this kind of money into the race? Would groups like Family Taxpayers? Ummm, no. This non-partisan stuff is in name only, remember the Chicago's mayors race is also 'non-partisan' now.
I haven't decided who for sure I am going to vote for.
However I will be happy to explain why I might vote for Richard.
I feel the next 4 years are going to offer a unique challenge to Aurora so..
I want a mayor that does not view the job as the end of their career, I want someone who has ambitions to move up in government. Someone who will have leaders behind him working hard for him to succeed. I feel Richard has this.
I want someone who has real experience dealing with gangs and drug crime from law enforcement perspective. Richard has real experience in this area.
I want someone who has not spent most of their career working within government. Richard has that going for him.
I want someone who understands what governments role is and what governments role is not. From speaking with Richard I feel he has an understanding of that (yes his Mocherville comments about eminate domain concern me).
Why I might vote for Bill Wyatt.
I want someone who is willing to take strong actions to manage city expenses, including revising city worker benefits if that is needed.
I want someone who is willing to make the Eola interchange to I-88 a priority of their administration.
I want someone who views any tax increase as a last resort.
Why I might vote for Jack Cunningham.
I want someone who has experience in government.
I want someone who isn't going to be beholden to a bunch of campaign donors.
I want someone who is willing to think outside the box for solutions ie The Police commissioner.
Why I am not going to vote for Tom Weisner
Again, the don't feel the leader for the next step for Aurora is someone who worked for the city for 20 years. A really feel a new perspective is needed, much like a company that goes outside it's ranks for a new CEO Aurora needs to do the same thing.
Sorry but I think someone who has worked in government that long by default is going to see government as the solution to problems. I don't think that is a viewpoint we need.
I don't have any problem with Tom Weisner as a person, I don't question Tom's integrity, I don't think it would be the end of the world if Tom is elected mayor.
I do have some concerns about how much in campaign funds he has raised and where the funds have come from.
I do have concerns about some of his campaign tactics (the use of .... in the tax mailer that resulted in a quote having a radically different meaning).
But again, I really think Aurora needs a CEO from outside the firm now.