Gladstone needs intelligent, caring, unbiased council members
Happy Rock Good Neighbor Group is an online group we founded, representing 145 amazing neighbors in and around Gladstone.
We would like to offer our endorsements (and some non-endorsements) in the upcoming local Gladstone City Council election.
First, we need to give this election context: We are strongly opposed to this year's blatant attempt by Mayor Stemple to install an imperviable voting block of her friends — Greg Alexander, Bill Osburn and Mindy Garlington — onto the Gladstone City Council. This would give her an automatic majority on all matters that the council votes on, and this is simply not good governance. We need the balance other candidates bring.
For City Councill Position #2
We recommend Andrew Labonte, and his platform of inclusion and equality. Andrew is reasonable, level-headed, and a family man who is invested in the community. He serves the public on the Traffic and Safety committee and is a smart, caring individual with ethics.
For City Council Position #4
We strongly endorse Annessa Hartman. Annessa is the real deal. A working-class mother who cares about and mirrors Gladstone's blue-collar roots, who gives of her time to focus on Gladstone's underserved communities while ensuring everyone's values are considered and protected, Annessa is the bright shining star of this entire election.
City Council Position #6: Very deservedly, we recommend Thomas Mersereau. Tom has the experience on the council that Gladstone has utilized, time and again. He's been a reliable and dedicated public servant that has served Gladstone well. Let's keep him another term.
We're sorry for negativity, but this one mention is important: If there is anyone in all of Gladstone who is unsuitable and untrustworthy for public office, it is Bill Osburn. There are many valid reasons Osburn has lost every election he's run in and why he should never be elected to Gladstone's City Council, but we will offer just a few: His constant online harassment of others, his bold-faced misrepresentation and gaslighting about his own extensive criminal record, his willingness to waste precious Gladstone tax dollars to make false claims toward others, and his more-than-ironic attempts to accuse others of being dishonest are all good reasons for Gladstone to remember: Thanksgiving is close, but don't vote for this turkey.
We feel Gladstone needs intelligent, caring, unbiased members of its community to face the complex problems our times bring; Candidates who embrace everyone, not who cast shade and divisiveness as a way to accomplish things. People who work together inclusively with the community, representing everyone. We need representatives who are conscientious about helping Gladstone grow, lower its taxes and utilities, and who aren't in the mayor's pocket.
We know that Andrew Labonte, Annessa Hartman, and Tom Mersereau are great choices for you Gladstone, and we hope you join this large group of neighbors in endorsing them. And whatever you do, or whoever you choose, please vote. Your voice counts.
The Happy Rock Good Neighbor Group is available in NextDoor Groups, and Facebook.
Jennings Lodge residents Jim and Michele James are owners of the Happy Rock Inn, and founders of the Happy Rock Good Neighbor Group, which is comprised of over 145 neighbors in and around Gladstone.
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