Gladstone needs experienced, cooperative leaders
It's upsetting in these difficult times that we are witnessing petty personal attacks and unnecessary drama in Gladstone. Although she's not on the ballot, Mayor Tammy Stempel has led the way with a recent op-ed attacking candidate Steve Johnson. As in the past she's promoting a cast of hand-picked friends who rarely question anything she says or does. One of them is perennial candidate Bill Osburn.
In a previous election Osburn lost to incumbent Councilor Linda Neace. Since that time he seems obsessed over the loss and has repeatedly attempted to remove her from office by challenging her residency. Here we are in 2020 and he's recycled a two-year-old frivolous elections complaint that was rejected by the state. I remember his City Council appearance after the complaint was dropped. He criticized the councilors as if there was some action they should take.
I strongly recommend that voters reject Osburn and anyone, including the mayor, who supports his candidacy. Our city needs experienced cooperative leaders now more than ever. Please make your choices wisely.
Les Poole is a Gladstone resident.
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