There are a lot of personal attacks in national politics these days, but the New Wentzvillian has to wonder if that is what Wentzville wants. One thing is for certain, in this April's race for Mayor, challenger Chris Gard has been relentless in his failed attempts over the years to smear the name of Mayor Nick Guccione.
Given the New Wentzvillian's fact gathering over the past half a decade, we cannot find one instance where Mayor Nick Guccione attempted to besmirch ANY political opponent. However, Chris Gard has formed a habit of attempting to do just that to Mayor Nick Guccione. It has really gotten old.
In fact, in his campaign literature and on his website, Gard says that if he is elected he will create a citizens committee to investigate any wrong-doing by city officials. Is this Gard's 2016 version of Senator McCarthy's Un-American Activities Committee?
As The New Wentzvillian sees it, Gard's committee would essentially amount to his own personal political revenge committee and would be used to intimidate and threaten his political enemies -- Not unlike what the Republican Party wishes they could do to Donald Trump.
Gard's biggest challenge in this election are the facts. Mayor Guccione has done an outstanding job during his four years as Mayor and has earned another term. The proof is all around us. Wentzville is a great hometown and by any measure our community is one of the best places to call home. Have you ever driven through a random neighborhood on a sunny day? OMG! Families, kids, neighbors everywhere!
We are a safe community where our children and grandchildren can enjoy playing in our many parks and participating in recreational opportunities. We are also a retirement friendly community that cares about its seniors. Under Guccione's guidance, our city has continued to honor its history and the service of our veterans, as well as our police and firefighters, who put their lives on the line to keep us safe.
Wentzville is also an attractive community for new business, industry and job creation. It is why we are one of the fastest growing cities in the state. In the year 2000 our city had a little less than 7,000 residents. Today we have a population of around 35,000. That is a 500% increase in just fifteen years. That we have been able to keep up with the rate of growth is a tribute to the teamwork between Mayor Nick Guccione and the aldermen.
Wentzville is a great community made up of great residents who care about each other. We deserve a Mayor who wants to serve for all the right reasons. The New Wentzvillian proudly recommends Mayor Nick Guccione for re-election on Tuesday April 5th