If I was a smart businessperson I would stay out of local politics, no matter what you do you could alienate a portion of the population. I guess I’ve never been too bright because I believe the future of my family’s home city are more important than my financial goals.
When I saw that Jerry Hamelton was running for city council, I realized I did not know him or anything about him. I saw a post on social media about a land deal that I had some knowledge of, so I entered a discussion. At first I thought he was uninformed, but found that he knew the facts but chose to misrepresent them. In subsequent discussions I have found him to be angry, vindictive and by no means the type of person we need on council. I have heard people say he is passionate, to be passionately wrong or passionately unreasonable are not leadership qualities to be embraced. After railing against Golf Carts and ATVs at a recent council meeting, he stormed from the room before council was to discuss one of the biggest road expenditures in our history. What we saw was not a leader but a boy taking his bat and going home.
I therefore choose to select Kevin Rink as the community servant and steady hand that Fort Madison needs for At Large City Council. If anybody cares I also see Matt Mohrfeld as the experienced hand we need as mayor and Rebecca Bowker as the best choice for first ward. I can promise you those are the most Democrats I have ever endorsed