Belton will have a new City Council member representing Ward 1 after Tuesday’s election.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Candidates Jeff Fletcher and Steve Bennett would be newcomers to the job, though both have served on city boards and commissions. The incumbent, Kim Cooper, is not running again.
Both Fletcher and Bennett are focused on strengthening the relationship between the council and the people it serves. Fletcher said he'd hold public forums in his district to promote more communication between parties. Bennett's developed the framework for a community outreach program that specifically engages citizens and increases coordination among local groups.
• Age: 45
• Address: 16109 Louisville Court
• Occupation: Vice President of sales at Fletchers Forms
• Education: Graduated from Hickman Mills High School
• Public experience: Current vice chairman of the Planning Commission; president of the Belton Chamber of Commerce, 2010-2011; vice president of the Belton Main Street Merchant Association
• Website: None
• Stances: Two of his top priorities are economic development along the I-49 corridor and residential development. He wants better communication between constituents and city officials and suggested more public forums as a way to remedy this issue.
• Age: 46
• Address: 15725 Hight Ave.
• Occupation: Principal consultant and owner of Fyndera Change Management and Consulting LLC
• Education: Bachelor's in business and organization innovation from University of Phoenix
• Public experience: Park Board from 2003-2009; Public Works Advisory Committee, 2011-2013
• Website: Facebook: Steve Bennett for Belton City Council
• Stances: His priorities are balancing the budget with a reserve fund target of 15 percent and updating the vision plan. He would like to see more citizen engagement and more coordination among civic and volunteer groups. He's developed the framework for a community outreach program that specifically does that.