One-term City Council incumbent Dale Carter is facing a challenge Tuesday from Preston Smith. The two men are vying to represent District 1, which covers the most northern part of Blue Springs.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Both candidates are focused on fostering more economic activity in the city. Carter mentioned bringing businesses to an entertainment district and the Woods Chapel Road corridor. Smith said he would prefer that the city work to attract 1,000 businesses that employ at least one person rather than a single employer bringing an equal number of jobs.
The other District 1 representative is Jeff Quibell.
• Age: 49
• Address: 2108 N.W. Fawn Drive
• Occupation: Program director of KFKF-FM in Kansas City
• Education: Bachelor’s in political science and history from the University Southern Indiana
• Public experience: Serving his first term on the City Council and is the council liaison to Parks Commission; Blue Springs Education Foundation, 2008-2010; Blue Springs Wall That Heals Committee, 2009 to present; a member of the Kansas City Regional Rail Coalition
• Website: www.electdalecarter.com
• Stances: His priorities include bringing businesses to the Woods Chapel Road corridor, and passing regional rail. He also wants to develop an entertainment district with an improved movie theater, restaurants and sports bars.
• Age: 53
• Address: 375 N.W. Weschester Drive
• Occupation: Self employed, demographer
• Education: Master’s in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; bachelor’s in agricultural journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia
• Public experience: Jackson County Board of Equalization, 2007-present; Blue Springs Planning Commission, 1996-2000
• Website: None
• Stances: He wants to restart the “Renew the Blue” committee to get new ideas from the community. He said the city’s record of economic development without resorting to tax-increment financing and other tax exemption techniques has been “fairly weak.” He wants the city website to include more information about the City Council and its actions.