KANSAS CITY STAR ENODORSES:
Carson Ross for Blue Springs Mayor
03/29/08 CLICK HERE FOR STAR LINK
The next mayor of Blue Springs faces many challenges. The city needs to attract more commercial development to broaden its tax base, while fixing its aging infrastructure.
The best-qualified mayoral candidate is Carson Ross, who served eight years on the Blue Springs City Council. He later was a state representative for 14 years.
His opponent in the mayor’s race is Jeff Quibell, chairman of a software development firm, and a City Council member since 2004.
Ross has brought an enthusiastic, can-do attitude to the campaign. It’s much needed.
The current mayor, Steve Steiner, has not provided enough leadership to move the city forward and is not running for re-election.
Voters in 2007 rejected a sales-tax increase that could have helped repair rough roads. Blue Springs also showed up near the bottom of an areawide citizen satisfaction survey.
Ross has the skills to unify city residents and elected officials.
His top priorities are solid. A fiscal conservative, Ross will insist on efficiency from the city staff. He wants to improve the Police Department and the street-repair program, while attacking blight on main roadways such as Missouri 7.
He also has a healthy skepticism of handing out subsidies for development in already-attractive suburban areas.
Ross has the qualifications to be a strong mayor who will serve Blue Springs residents well over the next four years.