Gardner mayoral, school board and city council candidates wooed voters at a forum Feb. 28.
Each candidate took three minutes to introduce themselves and then answered audience-written questions. Ronnie Metsker, the chair of the Johnson County Republican Party, moderated the event.
Dave Drovetta and Chris Morrow, mayoral candidates, stepped to the podium first.
Morrow, a city council member, said his work in the employment industry has given him a thick skin and a diplomatic temperament.
“I want to inform citizens better than any other city in Johnson County,” he told the audience of approximately 80.
Drovetta said as current mayor and a former council member he fought to implement a citizen survey to garner input on city challenges.
“We need adaptive solutions to those challenges,” he said. “They’re not simple.”
The pair answered 10 minutes worth of questions about creating a more business-friendly environment in Gardner, how they’re prepared for leadership, and whether they would be willing to serve without the current $592 monthly mayoral stipend.
Council candidates Steve Shute, Tory Roberts, Kristina Harrison, Randy Gregorcyk and Chris Benjamin were also given three minutes apiece to introduce themselves followed by a longer question and answer session.
School board candidates, including Mary Nelson, Shelta Collins, Joel Riggs, Brett Limer, Duane Waldeman, Patty Fabing, and Brad Chandler were given the same opportunity. Candidate Rob Shippy did not attend the forum.
Additional candidate information, including video portions of the forum, are available online at www.gardnernews.com.
The Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor candidate forums on March 6 and March 7.
Mayoral and city council candidates will greet voters at Gardner Edgerton High School from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 6. A question-and-answer forum will follow.
On March 7, school board candidates will greet voters starting at 6:30 p.m. at GEHS. A question-and-answer forum will begin at 7 p.m.