I would like to thank everyone for checking out my website. If elected I promise to show the residents of second ward the same dedication that I show my students and my country, as I will as a councilman. Be sure to knock on your neighbors door and remind them to vote.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Well I have most of my big signs up. I should have the rest in tomorrow. If you want a yard sign feel free to shoot me a email with your address and I will deliver one. The NAACP forum went well. It was nice to meet some of the first ward residents and listen to their concerns.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This morning I completed my first radio interview for the City Council race on KFRU. Personally I had a really good time. I loved answering people’s questions and letting them know where I stand on the issues. If you were listening you could tell people were really upset about the possibility of the city using eminent domain. As I have mentioned personal property rights are very important to me. If we truly want to create jobs then we need to reassure businesses that we will not take their property when it suits the needs of a few. My signs are in but I am a little hesitant to put them up in all this wind. I am enjoying my spring break and I finally have time to work on my garden. I know what you are thinking “What is the Army guy doing with a garden?” Well truth is I love fresh vegetables and landscaping around the house. If you are thinking of selling your house you need good landscaping. It will add 15% to the bottom line. The NAACP forum is coming up. I hope to see you there.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
It has been an exciting and interesting week. I really enjoy the forums and I actually wish they would last longer. I feel that I have really distinguished myself at the forums with my confidence and clear responses. When I committed to running for office I made a pledge to be honest and never dodge a question. I feel the citizens should know where their elected representatives stand on issues. I was the candidate that spoke out against the use of eminent domain to acquire the downtown businesses. Let us be clear, those businesses are not blighted. While I am not a legal expert I have discussed the issue with a few lawyers. They all agree the city does not have a case. I want the historical society in Columbia. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to approach this. I believe the owners would be willing to sell at a premium. I think the city should step back and allow the Historical Society raise the funds for the property. The city and I both want a vibrant down town. In order to achieve this investors need to have the confidence that the city will not take their personal property if they locate to Columbia. I was the only candidate to speak out against the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) for the Tiger Hotel. I have done my homework on these projects. The Tiger Hotel failed to work when it first opened. Then the owner tried to turn it into a home for the elderly. He was given historical funds for renovation. That venture failed also. Now at an estimated cost of 1.7 million he wants to try and make it work as a hotel again. I say estimated because here is a quote from the tribune. “These numbers could change substantially,” Grimm cautioned commissioners about cost estimates in the applications. “A lot of the numbers will change, but the text won’t change, so look over that.” Now ask yourself should a candidate agree to fund this TIF project when the Tiger hotel doesn’t have a positive track record? Do you think it is a good decision to commit to any funding of any project when you do not know the total cost? Our schools are in a budgetary crisis. The impacts of these lost revenues will be devastating to our schools. We would be forced to make even more cuts. It is time to elect officials who will weigh the impacts of city decisions on our schools.