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Charlie Poole jumping
back in the water

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

A resident and former public official of Parkville has officially filed to be a write-in candidate in the April election in that city.

Charlie Poole has filed to be a write-in candidate in Parkville’s Ward 1 alderman race against incumbent Deborah Butcher.

Poole said he doesn't want to run a negative campaign and is running because he has not been satisfied with some issues before the board of aldermen.

In a phone interview with The Landmark on Tuesday, Poole said he was not happy with the way the city has handled the bond issue that was passed in 2004. He said the issues he will focus on are the sidewalk along Mill Street, the buildings along Mill Street and the proposed train horns in downtown Parkville.

In a news release Poole says, “The sidewalks, trains, downtown, park and surrounding areas demand special attention due to the age and traffic they are exposed to. I walk these streets daily and know the problems that need attention.”

Poole said he originally brought up the idea of a smoking ban in 2004, but the board voted to table the issue because Kansas City had not passed a ban yet.

“It was brought back up with an email I sent to the mayor on March 29, 2008,” said Poole.

Poole said he supports the ban with no exemptions, except for the ones allowed under Missouri law.

Poole was previously an alderman for 14 years from 1991 to 2005.

According to Poole, he decided to run after the deadline to be named on the ballot because of conversations he had with his alderman.

In a news release, Poole said:

“These are challenging times. Greater things are still to be done. I am now retired with experience of more than 40 years in management/operations in a highly competitive transportation business and 14 years of community service as Alderman in Ward I. I wish to use that experience to contribute to my community in a meaningful way at a challenging time.”

He added:

“I think that politicians have the responsibility of serving their constituents, not each other or special interest groups. That is my commitment if elected.”

Only the four incumbents filed to have their names listed on the ballot for election in April. The incumbents are Deborah Butcher, Ward 1; Gia McFarlane, Ward 2; Marvin Ferguson, Ward 3; and Nan McManus, Ward 4.



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