Belton Councilman Jeff Davis is abandoning his Ward 2 seat to run for mayor, which leaves the spot open for the taking.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
The two candidates are Chet Trutzel and C. DeWitt Donovan.
Both named city finances as a primary concern. Trutzel said the budget needs to be examined frequently. Donovan wants to attract new revenue sources to town.
Belton is divided into four wards with two representatives each. Councilman Justin Neff also serves the second ward, which is in the the northwest section of the city.
• Age: 67
• Address: 1015 Cherry Hill Court
• Occupation: Senior sales executive at Reece and Nichols Belton; formerly owner of Kountry Kids Bat and Putt; formerly a teacher with the Belton School District
• Education: Master’s and bachelor’s degrees in elementary education, both from what is now the University of Central Missouri
• Public experience: President of the Belton Industrial Development Authority; served 12 years on the Belton school board, including time as vice president
• Stances: His priorities are a balanced approach to the budget, city infrastructure and maintaining and beautifying the streets and entrances of Belton. Budget projections need to be conservative and revised often. The biggest challenge is keeping city jobs given current expenses and limited revenue.
C. DeWitt “C.D.” Donovan
• Age: 70
• Address: 301 Berry Ave
• Occupation: Retired; formerly senior vice president of operations over Kansas and Missouri for Safeway Stores
• Education: Bachelor’s in business administration from Emporia State University
• Public experience: None
• Stances: One of his main priorities is finding new revenue sources for Belton; one avenue is the expansion of current businesses and the attraction of new ones. He also wants to see more residential construction.