Paducah Mayor, 2012?

Paducah Mayor, 2012?

Created by Masta Pastahs on Dec 22, 2011

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Charles Ringstaff

Robert Coleman

Gayle Kaler

Doug "Generator" Harnice

Watkins

Richard Abraham

Van Newberry

Jeff Jerrell

Paxton's handpicked successor

None of the Above

Masta Pastahs

Louisville, KY

#1 Dec 22, 2011
Some thoughts from another tread about the Mayors race coming up: Topix users say... Robert Coleman was cheated in the 2008 election. The numbers changed at the last minute. So some declare voter irregularities there... will need more folks double-checking at the polls, and honest folks in the County Clerk's office. Paxton's Tent City Fiasco will be an issue, and where the candidates stood that issue will matter. It shows if they are for the rich, or the poor. Paxton was an banker, but is bad at accounting. He's against poor people being forced to live in tents, out in the cold, but pays for a $2 million tent (WTF is hat about?).
Doug Harnice, likes to take pictures, is part of the Paxton Empire Dynasty, and the Paxton/Zumwalt connection makes one topix user seem sketchy about how much corruption there is with the Quilt Show, which brings in $2 million dollars, allegedly. Charles Ringstaff is a young person running for office. Here's his website:
http://www.voteringstaff.com/vr_002.htm Gayle Kaler is currently a City Council member, and some have said that she's "criminal", and a "influence peddler", which is "illegal" in Kentucky. Charles Pulley believes that Gayle Kaler is for too much government intrusion. Gayle Kaler is also a hairdresser.

While who is your buddy is great, what is best for Paducah are the policies that the new Mayor will usher in. Character, Experience, Hobbies are important about whether they can bring in their reforms, but a candidate whose got no new ideas, don't even think about trusting them. Just look at Obama. Many times candidates will promise you the world, just to get your vote, and then do whatever they want to do once in office. While that tends to be the norm, without any promises, then one has no idea where that individual wants to take the City of Paducah, and there's no to hold them accountable to anything... except just harassing and scaring them to your perspective, but at least a person who offers some sort of "platform" (some candidates actually try to run WITHOUT one! and sometimes, evne more shockingly, they win!).

Will the policies be for the rich? For the working class? Will the policies be overreaching? And then who gets the City's money? That's next... how will their policies shape the money flow of Paducah's tax dollars? Who in government will get to keep their jobs, and who will lose them? Who deserves to keep them, and who doesn't? This is a perfect time for Paducah to get honest with themselves, and have a legit conversation that has as it's main aims to move Paducah forward.
Nice Idea

Franklin, TN

#2 Dec 22, 2011
I like the idea of a civil discussion, with a poll. But I think it is misleading to have all these people listed. At this time, there are only four individuals running for mayor:

Commissioner Kaler
Former Commissioner Coleman
Former Paxton Employee / County Employee Harnice
Newcomer Ringstaff

Some of the rest listed may run for another Commission term, but that is it.

Pros and Cons of all, at least with my opinion:

KALER:
Pros - She'll definitely continue to help out Lowertown and the PRA
Cons - Is equally responsible for the horrible misspending that led to the 2 Million Tent, and has routinely showcased a disconnection with Blue Collar Paducahans.

COLEMAN:
Pros - Absolutely no other candidate as the experience he has.
Cons - Age. Coleman is (I believe, someone please correct me if they know) over 80. He isn't in the best health. Can he handle the job at his advanced age?

HARNICE:
Pros - Known in the business community, may be able to help with jobs.
Cons - Paxton Crony.

RINGSTAFF:
Pros - Unconnected with any of the current commissioners, will be able to work without the hindrance of established connections that have prevented the current mayor from wisely spending.
Cons - Age. Opposite of Coleman, Ringstaff is young (late 20s?). Experience will be an issue.

But, that is just my two cents.
Masta Pastahs

Louisville, KY

#3 Dec 22, 2011
Nice Idea wrote:
I like the idea of a civil discussion, with a poll. But I think it is misleading to have all these people listed. At this time, there are only four individuals running for mayor:
Commissioner Kaler
Former Commissioner Coleman
Former Paxton Employee / County Employee Harnice
Newcomer Ringstaff
Some of the rest listed may run for another Commission term, but that is it.
Pros and Cons of all, at least with my opinion:
KALER:
Pros - She'll definitely continue to help out Lowertown and the PRA
Cons - Is equally responsible for the horrible misspending that led to the 2 Million Tent, and has routinely showcased a disconnection with Blue Collar Paducahans.
COLEMAN:
Pros - Absolutely no other candidate as the experience he has.
Cons - Age. Coleman is (I believe, someone please correct me if they know) over 80. He isn't in the best health. Can he handle the job at his advanced age?
HARNICE:
Pros - Known in the business community, may be able to help with jobs.
Cons - Paxton Crony.
RINGSTAFF:
Pros - Unconnected with any of the current commissioners, will be able to work without the hindrance of established connections that have prevented the current mayor from wisely spending.
Cons - Age. Opposite of Coleman, Ringstaff is young (late 20s?). Experience will be an issue.
But, that is just my two cents.
That's a great contribution, and yeah, those other names were some of the names thrown around as possibly running, or somebody else mentioned that they would like to see them run. January 31 is the filing deadline, so if anybody else wants to jump in the race, they got a little bit more than a month left to do it.
Mastah Pastahs

Louisville, KY

#4 Dec 28, 2011
Harnice is just Paxton's right hand man now, so putting him in is just putting in another 4 more years of "I hate the poor" policies. We need somebody who cares about We the People, including those who are most in need. The Tent City Fiasco should be an issue in the Mayoral Election, for those who hate the lowest, it says something about their character... why make somebody's life even harder, especially if their life is the hardest outta everybody? How would Harnice like it if we put a "You must vacate in 24 hours" on his doorstep, because of some legal technicality? The State is all powerful, and Eminent Domain does allow the Government to take whatever property they want, as long as it is for a public purpose. They didn't want the homeless occupying We the People's public park, how about the homeless occupying Harnice's bedroom?
Truth

Newburgh, IN

#5 Dec 28, 2011
Mastah Pastahs wrote:
Harnice is just Paxton's right hand man now, so putting him in is just putting in another 4 more years of "I hate the poor" policies. We need somebody who cares about We the People, including those who are most in need. The Tent City Fiasco should be an issue in the Mayoral Election, for those who hate the lowest, it says something about their character... why make somebody's life even harder, especially if their life is the hardest outta everybody? How would Harnice like it if we put a "You must vacate in 24 hours" on his doorstep, because of some legal technicality? The State is all powerful, and Eminent Domain does allow the Government to take whatever property they want, as long as it is for a public purpose. They didn't want the homeless occupying We the People's public park, how about the homeless occupying Harnice's bedroom?
I think you have misread Harnice. As the Deputy County Judge he has often been at odds with Mayor Paxton.

I think you have missed the biggest question each candidate should be asked to answer. Where do you stand on the City County Merger?
PMG KARMA

Utica, KY

#6 Dec 28, 2011
Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
I think you have misread Harnice. As the Deputy County Judge he has often been at odds with Mayor Paxton.
I think you have missed the biggest question each candidate should be asked to answer. Where do you stand on the City County Merger?
Harnice has never been at odds with any Paxton. His pension comes from PMG his wife is David Paxton Executive Secretary. Never bite the hand that feeds you.

IF Harnice wins the consolidation will happen.

Since Paducah is not a class 1 city the county will absorb the city. Van will be the Mayor/County Judge & Harnice will be his deputy again.
Mastah Pastahs

Louisville, KY

#7 Dec 28, 2011
Usually, a consolidation can be good... IF the good ones get it.
kyjockey

Paducah, KY

#8 Feb 4, 2012
Robert Coleman is the most dedicated respected candidate of the entire ballot. His winning the mayoral election last time around was foiled by the deceitful theives counting the ballot boxes. Bill Paxton will probably leave the City for Nashville (children reside in Music City) or Naples, Florida (several elite Paducahans winter there) Talking about money, taxpayers money, Gayle Kaler has no problem spending all of it. She was the commissioner that went with do-nothing Hammond to KOREA to make a presentation about "tourism" in Paducah. Come on already, fire Mary and promote Fowler. My support goes to Coleman. The City majority in black, and it is way past time for a Christian, African American as Mayor. He is intelligent, thoughtful and patient, and honest and friendly. Fresh air following Paxton. Good luck, and may the best MAN win.
Backbone

White Plains, KY

#9 Feb 5, 2012
I know Doug Harnice, and I believe he is a good person with character. I know Robert Coleman, and of the two men I will be voting for Robert Coleman for Mayor, and supporting in every way possible because he will be the best man for the working man, and his family. Also Richard Abraham, also Carol Dault. If you want some good changes for Paducah, please support these good people as our public servant's. So many of the other people will not be a servant to the people ,but a ruler of the people, and will only help a select few.
ummmm

United States

#10 Feb 5, 2012
Our city majority is not black. Check out demographics. Not that it matters either way, just don't spout stupid shit.

Coleman's health will prevent him from being as good as he could of been a decade or two ago. Harnice has some serious trust issues, privately and publicly.
usa feedom fighter

Franklin, TN

#11 Feb 5, 2012
I am going to run for mayor
A vote for me
Will keep the losers out who are there now I am poor work and worry how I gonna pay this months bills and how much gas and food is I worry about everything all people from Paducah worry about
Kaler4Mayor

Broken Arrow, OK

#12 May 8, 2012
Vote Gayle Kaler for Paducah Mayor. Hmm, that rhymed really well :P

Good luck to all candidates

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