Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jay Webber To Remove Himself From Ward 1 Ballot

January 28, 2014

The April 2014 race for Wentzville's ward 1 just got a little less crowded. The New Wentzvillian learned of this possibility a day or so ago, but wanted to confirm it with Mr. Webber himself.

". . . I am withdrawing from the race for personal reasons mainly with my family and time constraints," said Webber in a message sent directly to the New Wentzvillian.

This leaves only Forrest Gossett and Robert Hussey vying for the seat. Unconfirmed word is that Hussey is already pounding the pavement and is pleased with the new competitive landscape for Ward 1's election this April.

The development of a two-man race should mean that the two remaining candidates do not need to worry about a diluted vote count.  Conventional wisdom is that a multi-candidate ballot (three or more) is tougher to assess than a simple two-person race. It's now possible that key relationships, hard work, and candidate histories can play more critical roles in voter decisions.

UPDATE 12:00 a.m. Midnight 1-29-14, Candidate Robert Hussey messagesd the New Wentzvillian with the following regarding Webber's exit:  "I love it . . . He would've been a strong candidate. And quite frankly, it takes a little stress off me not to have to go up against him. I respect his decision."

UPDATE 5:00 p.m. 1-29-14, Candidate Forrest Gossett just now emailed the New Wentzvillian the following message:  "Jay ran a great campaign in the 2012 election where we each focused on issues. I respect his decision. Family comes first. I hope he continues to serve our citizens as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission."


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  2. I sincerely hope the citizens of Wentzville will figure out that a removal of incumbents is due. The entire board is dysfunctional. They refuse to follow a chain of command and they have stopped listening to staff Which will result in legal issues. Why hire professionals and then not listen to their direction? Because they are all narcissists with their own agenda, at least this is whatI think of Stokes, Gusset and Kross.


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