Both candidates in this Ward 2 race hope to work on projects that will provide more places for the community to gather.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Incumbent City Council member Ryan Wescoat wants Raymore to develop a civic center, so there is a place with meetings rooms that also can accommodate large groups. Challenger Nick Harter wants to increase the number of youth athletic fields and add an aquatic center.
Ward 2 is close to the middle of the city.
• Age: 39
• Address: 809 Furlong Drive
• Occupation: Adjunct business instructor for Ottawa University and Grantham University
• Education: Graduate certificate in grantsmanship from the University of Missouri; master's in business administration and bachelor's in business management, both from the University of Phoenix
• Public experience: Raymore council since 2011; Raymore-Peculiar school board, 2008-2011
• Stances: Wants to see the development of a city civic center. He said the city needs a facility with meetings rooms and a community group gathering space. He said the biggest challenge facing the city is to continue to grow commercially and residentially while maintaining a “close-knit small town feel.”
• Age: 29
• Address: 606 Derby St.
• Occupation: Business owner
• Education: GED
• Public experience: None
• Stances: Top priorities are developing more sports fields for kids, bringing an aquatic center to the city, and eliminating wasteful spending. He wouldn't vote for any tax increases and would look to cutting the police department's budget, if faced with a budget shortfall. He cited the department’s new cars as an example of wasteful spending.
| Kathleen Pointer, Special to The Star