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May 19, 2013

City Dems start campaign


“We already have the infrastructure in place, we just need to expand on that,” he said.

Adding more bicycle and walking trails and other opportunities to enjoy the environment are areas he wants to explore.

“If we have 2 percent of people riding bicycles to work then we need to look at how we can make it 4 percent or 6 percent,” he said.

“Let’s have those discussions.”


Ward 4 candidate Paul O’Connell said he is a lifelong resident of the ward, and looks forward to speaking with other residents.

O’Connell is retired from the state Department of Corrections and has been a local baseball umpire for several years.

“I have an open-door policy. If you want to talk about things, come and see me,” he said.


In Ward 5, Becky Kasper, who served on the city’s redistricting committee last year, is running.

Kasper said the four pillars of her platform are: collaborate, investigate, innovate and development.

“We have to think outside the box and look to people who know how and find ways to make development happen,” she said.


Joshua Kretser, owner of Pod Studio, is running in Ward 6.

Kretser, 34, said it is an exciting time for his ward, which is home to the city’s art district on Brinkerhoff Street near Margaret Street. The historic Strand Theatre is slated to re-open as a renovated performing arts center later this year.

Kretser said attractions such as that are key.

“We need to find ways to help attract and retain more young professionals,” he said.


The Ward 3 candidate, attorney Justin Meyer, was attending a wedding out of town and did not participate in Saturday’s news conference.

Party Committee member Patricia Bentley said Meyer will bring many strengths to the council.

“He understands how the law and business works,” she said.

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