Ok. So, we’ve had our rundown of the questions we asked the candidates in the race for Ward 4 City of Enid Commissioner. If you missed that, you can get it here: Ward 6 Questions
After carefully reading the questions we provided to the candidates and additional resources, here are the thoughts of the Route 60 Sentinel Editorial Board.
Melodie Lunday (Route 60 Writer):
I don’t know any of the candidates, so I was completely unbiased. I tend to be a very middle of the road kind of person, and look for a candidate who has strong values, but is still willing to be flexible when the facts come in. I look for people who are willing to really check into the issues, and who don’t have their minds made up before they get started. Most jobs look totally different from the inside, and you have to be willing to learn.
I am not overly fond of the theory that all City workings are a conspiracy. I know that personal feelings and relationships do sway decisions in most every form of government, but I don’t believe that Enid is unique in this way, and I don’t believe that the government is out to get us. I feel that most Commissioners are there because they care about Enid, or in the City Manager’s case, there to do a job to the best of his ability. (I don’t know Benson either, btw.)
Ward 4: Rodney Timm
Timm seemed open to looking into some improvements on the parks even though he does not support the upcoming proposals. That shows me that there is some flexibility to work with.
Jennifer Taylor (Route 60 Reader):
Ward 4’s candidate was very difficult for me to choose. Both interviews posed major problems for me. I am very pro-Enid and want to see us be better than we have been in the past and I feel like we need people on the council that will move us forward. I honestly didn’t get that vibe from either candidate. I ended up choosing Timm, for the sole reason that I think some new blood might be needed.l.
Mark Keefer (Route 60 Editor):
Rodney Timm for much the same reasons mentioned above. Plus, Mr. Kaufman should not be allowed to dodge a question on his code issues. If you can’t abide by the law, you shouldn’t get to make it.