A Gathering of Questions

Two years ago “This is La Vergne” mailed candidates a number of questions from the community.  The candidates were asked to reply by a certain date and then – in order of receipt – the answers were published on this site.  Two of the three candidates that did not take the time to answer were defeated in their election attempts. We would ask early on that all candidates who are running give very serious consideration to replying to the request.

Candidates have until noon at August 16 to file their petitions.  That’s this Thursday, folks.  So far the unofficial word is we have five people running for alderman with two seats being elected.  In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Tom Broeker
  • Melisa Brown
  • Kathy Hines
  • John Kleber
  • Dennis Waldron

So far there has thankfully been an absence of public negativity by the candidates.  In my personal world, the second a candidate goes into attack mode, they lose my vote. Now that’s different from defending themselves against attacks by others – whether by other candidates or by voters or by gossip.  If that happens, then please do defend yourself.

Meanwhile as This is La Vergne prepares questions to ask the candidates, what do you want to know?  The same question will be asked of everyone, so please don’t suggest, “Why did you vote this way or that way?”  (Clearly some have not had the opportunity to cast a vote as a member of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.)

What are your thoughts, La Vergne?

20 comments for “A Gathering of Questions

  1. Emily
    August 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    How do you feel concerning the current state of the high school’s running?

    • BRaulerson
      August 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      not sure the city can do much about a county issue

  2. Sarah N
    August 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I think a good question for the newbies would be, “How many board meetings have you attended in the last year (or two)?”

  3. Steve Noe
    August 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Do you think the city of Lavergne should go after the people whom owe the city money wheather it be a small amount or large? Would you be open to a public debate with questions asked by the citizens of Lavergne and if not why?

  4. August 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I would love to hear those candidates that are running stating that they will “do something” about the property taxes and the water/sewer rates to detail out specifically what they would do and how they would do it with as many specific details as possible.

    Also, education was a a big discuss point a few months back so each candidates education.

    Any thing we can find out on a personal background check. Private businesses do background checks on potential employees so wouldn’t mind seeing each candidate offer up a personal one 🙂

  5. Chris
    August 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    My question would be since everyone has the ability to do research. The number one complaint seems to be the water and sewer rates. What if elected is you plan there? Are you going to leave it alone? Do you have a plan that can lower rates? Also since the tax rates has increased how will you handle that issue? Leave it TE same lower it or what? If you do lower it how do you plan to generate revenue to keep the city moving forward??

  6. Cricket123
    August 12, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    What could/would you do to help improve the reputation of La Vergne?

  7. Leanne
    August 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    If I may interject Jason. ANYONE can get a TBI report on ANYONE for $29.00


    • Cricket123
      August 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      I would prefer to hear it directly from the candidate… I can’t afford spending $29.00 on info that should be free!

    • August 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Typically to do one you have to have several pieces of information that aren’t necessarily public thus why I say if they want to do one and post it feel free. It was more a tongue n cheek suggestion 🙂

  8. Chris
    August 12, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Would you have raised my taxes 2 years ago? You better be honest and back up why you would or wouldn’t.

  9. Leanne
    August 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I concur Jason and Cricket.

  10. Linda
    August 12, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    For the ones running for the first time, if you had been an alderman during the raising of the water/sewer and the taxes, if you saw that it was something that was really necessary would you have voted to do it or would you have voted against to please the citizens that were so against it? I too would like to know in what way you have been involved with the city? Do you have insight into the problems of the city and if so what will you do differently to move the city forward while keeping the citizens from any more burden being put on us.

    • Cricket123
      August 13, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      That was pretty much my question, but you “worded” it more eloquently than I did. Nice job!!!

  11. Laura
    August 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

    How many have actually reviewed the budget before changes and after. Will they attend all budget meetings etc since one candidate has been known to miss several important meetings
    What would they do to work to bring businesses to the area.
    I agree with question above by Sarah. How many city meetings and workshops have they attended.

  12. BRaulerson
    August 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    What are said canidate’s going to do to make La Vergne the best it can possibly be?

  13. August 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Given the situation of diminished revenue, a failing infrastructure, rising costs what would your solution be for the city given that every department has made cuts and most are understaffed?

  14. August 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    If you win the election for alderman, which of the other candidates would you prefer to win as well?

  15. Kitti
    August 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Do you have new green plans for the city, such as tree plantings or installing solar panels over city parking lots?

  16. Chris Watkins
    September 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    What steps would you take to increase La Vergne property values? (my home is worth less now than what I paid for it in 1999!) Good answers might include improvements such as the Lake Forest play ground, making Hurricane Creek Boat Landing more of a complete rec area, etc.

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