Future mayor of westmoreland

Future mayor of westmoreland

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Curious

United States

#1 Aug 28, 2010
Westmoreland ricky who are you planning on supporting for mayor? Since you are the only one with a presence on line.
Curious

United States

#2 Aug 30, 2010
Guess u dont have the guts to answer this question
yellaroseTNM

United States

#3 Aug 30, 2010
I'd chose Larry Wix if he'd run
Westmoreland Ricky

Lafayette, TN

#4 Aug 30, 2010
Will Curious to state with I am not the only one that gets on line. They just don't put their name on theirs. What I have found is that some of our canidates for mayor are tied to some of the canidates for council. Meaning the buddies system is at work again. I myself am not tied to anyone, remember I was quilified long before anyone else, mayor or council. I want to work for the people of this town, regardless of what their name is or how much money they have. I want to treat everyone equal. That has not been done in this town as long as I can remember, but that is what I want to do. I want to do all I can to get some kind of jobs in this town. I want to cut this tax base to at least 1.25 per hundred. I want to check into why we have so high water rates and garbage rates. I want to see all our city workers actually working. We have about four working and three just riding around. I see this everyday. And I want our town hiring from here, not everywhere else but here. As for who I think would make a good mayor. I feel Wendall Holmes would. Why I say him is he is the only one that is not tied to someone running for council. I feel Penick,Ray, and Harrison are tird to Cindy. And I know Reeves is tied to Carter. So that Is why I feel this way. We have to get the buddy system out. That is what got us here we are.
Westmoreland Ricky

Lafayette, TN

#5 Aug 30, 2010
I also did me thing in the paper this last week. It was all true. But I find that a couple of people that are in these races got mad at me for telling the truth. I am not going to lie to any citizen of this town if I know it to be a lie. I also heard that someone said I was not an ordained minister. Will I have the paper work if they want to see it. I will say I have done somethings that I should have not done. But God called me to preach and yes I am ordained. If you want to see my paper work let me know I have it and I am proud of it. I have to get forgiven everyday for my mistakes. I admit my mistakes openly, not in secret.
confused citizen

Murfreesboro, TN

#6 Aug 31, 2010
Westmoreland Ricky i have followed your opinions very regularly and agree to some point however I must ask you. As a person who thinks of themselves as reasonable intelligent, I have followed the council for the past few years in thought that maybe I would run soon, I have noticed that what you say is incorrect on some accounts. Typically it seems the meeting are decided before time, and yes the good ol boy system is in place typically stemming from mr. carter, and his vote, and I have yet to see how Mayor Templeton is tied to Brad, as Brad tends to be a wild card and votes however he thinks at that moment, and as far as Councilman Smalling, who I am told is her brother, unsure of that tends to vote the complete opposite of her. Also, I think the Harrison (know of him and heard of him but not personally) is only out for himself and will be trying to head to the top. Not sure of Ray as I have no idea who that is. However, as I have traveled extensively and be honored to work with several larger cities the current Mayor is the most educated of the three candidates ( I am told she is an attorney) and it would be easy to assume that she would be better qualified that someone who has no formal education (Holmes) and Carter who is educated (HS) I think but will not listen to anyone and is quite pigheaded (as I have seen personally) he also seems to be the fact that once he gets something in his mind he will not change. ALSO BOLD ALERT HIS WIFE WRITES THE CHECKS IS THAT THE BEST THING FOR THE TOWN FOR HIM TO BE MAYOR AND HER WRITING CHECKS...NO.

I close in saying that I myself moved to town a few years ago, and am quite comfortable as I work out of town,and I want a town that is nice and has stuff to do, and i want a LEADER THAT CAN GO TO ANY FUNCTION AND BE ABLE TO SPEAK in a manner that doesnt sound like a hick and someone who is educated so I will be voting for MAYOR TEMPLETON.

Westmoreland Ricky you talk of the good ol boy system but doesnt that apply to you as your uncle WENDALL HOLMES is on the council and running for MAYOR? Just wondering if that applies to you? Also Ricky this country was founded on separation of church and state or do you not know of the many decisions handed down through our court and legislature federally.

Westmoreland Ricky you do have some opinions that are good but everyone is entitled to theirs. A saying I was raised with said opinions are like a**holes everyone has one and sometimes they stink.

Ricky I would like an answer as to you and mr holmes being related do you not think that is a problem

Thanks

CONFUSED
curious

Scottsville, KY

#7 Aug 31, 2010
I totally agree with confused 100 percent. This town does not need an uneducated old man as mayor,nor does it need a bully who throws a fit and makes treats everytime he does not get something that he wants. I also agree that it would be in the towns best interest to have someone like Cynthia Templeton who is an attorney
to represent this town at functions where education and knowledge are to the towns best interest. From what I understand she has been doing this for Westmoreland for along time, and it seems to me that these others are just jumping on the band wagon, to take advantage of the town for their own good. As far as a bar in town, what is wrong with that? I do not drink so it is somewhere I will not be going to, but it does generate tax dollars to help this town grow. It has a right to be here just like any other business. If someone does like that kind of an establishment, then do not go to it, it is like anthing else, if you do not like it dont go, but do not dictate what is good or bad for everyone else based on your own convictions. At least it does generate tax dollars, that is more than I can say for all the churches who passed judgement on it. This town needs some young leadership, new ideas, and progressive thought, which is more than most of the old candidates have to offer.

Westmoreland Ricky

Lafayette, TN

#8 Aug 31, 2010
Confused citizen I agree with a lot of things you say. But first I must correct one thing. Mr. Holmes is not my uncle. And I would not have a problem with Cindy being mayor. My only thought was that Mr. Holmes was the city supervisor at one time, and my thinking was he knows how everything works. It had nothing to do with education or anything like that. I agree with you thinking on Carter and his wife. That would not look very good at all. But I am running for my town and not who gets mayor. As forthe ties from one to the other, I do think you are right about Harrison. He is for the speacial interest groups. But as for myself, I am not related to Mr. Holmes. He is my wife uncle not mine. But I will stand up to him if I think the tax payers are not getting their fair shake. I already have over somethings. I want our taxes lower, and I want our roads fixed, and I want to try and get some jobs in here. As for curious and the tax dollars we get from the bar. Will if you seen the over time you are paying with the bar. You would find that what we get from the taxes does not off set the cost for the police to be out there. I don't think that is helping the town when it cost us all that over time.
Westmoreland Ricky

Lafayette, TN

#9 Aug 31, 2010
I also will say that I also think a lot of the discisions are made long before the meetings. As for Ray, he was on the council a while back. He kinda voted with the winning side. He would not vote if he was the decideing vote. I don't know where anyone got the idea Mr. Holmes was my uncle. My mother was a Cannon and my dad a Cline. As for the seperation of church and state goes. I see the state does not want the church involved, but when people need help I see the state telling people to go to their local church. That sounds like the state wants the church involved only when they need them. With that said all I want is an chance to serve my town. Is that to much to ask for.
curious

Scottsville, KY

#10 Sep 1, 2010
i agree with a few things that you say. I do believe that there are a few decisions not necessarily made but talked extensively about at the local diners by people on the council who live in town and have nothing else to do during the day but to talk to people about their way of thinkiing only, without the rest of the council around. As far as the bar and the police there have not been any more police presence there than there has been any where else in this city. Just because you have a bar does not mean that their are anymore problems there than there are any where else in a city.
we have had a murder, drug problems etc. before this bar was ever in town, and will continue to have these problems with or without a bar. Again I am not for or against a bar in town, I would like to see a walmart, logans, etc. in this town but we all know that this is not going to happen in the near future.
As for lower tax dollars, everyone would like to see this in any town, but without the tax dollars you can not repave roads or improve anyother city services.
without additional tax revenue from more businesses none of this will happen. As far as Mr. Holmes and you are condcerned, it does seem that everyone is related somehow now doesnt it..........And again the church needs to stay out of the citys business, there is a seperation of church and state, dont shove that stuff down everyones throat it does nothing but turn people off, regardless what your convictions are.
curious

Scottsville, KY

#11 Sep 1, 2010
P.S. as for mr. Holmes as a sup. at one time he knew how things worked, but that was years, years, years, ago and we all know how much things have changed since then. The world is a different place then it was back then..this would have no bearing on his ability now, in fact it would be a deterent to me because he is not aware of how modern technology in government works now. I agree with you with mike and his wife, not a good thing and I would hope the citizens of this community would see that as a problem also. She is going to write the checks, and he would sign them. NO.....Eduation has a big bearing on this election, this city needs a person who has the knowledge of the outside work, outside of these city limits, contacts, with the people in the state who can help get things done for Westmoreland, and a general understanding of the law, either it be personal, private, or city and state statues. I only see one candidate with these credentials.
Dixie

Olive Branch, MS

#12 Sep 1, 2010
curious wrote:
P.S. as for mr. Holmes as a sup. at one time he knew how things worked, but that was years, years, years, ago and we all know how much things have changed since then. The world is a different place then it was back then..this would have no bearing on his ability now, in fact it would be a deterent to me because he is not aware of how modern technology in government works now. I agree with you with mike and his wife, not a good thing and I would hope the citizens of this community would see that as a problem also. She is going to write the checks, and he would sign them. NO.....Eduation has a big bearing on this election, this city needs a person who has the knowledge of the outside work, outside of these city limits, contacts, with the people in the state who can help get things done for Westmoreland, and a general understanding of the law, either it be personal, private, or city and state statues. I only see one candidate with these credentials.
I have been reading this site for 2 days now, and all I see are peoples opinions. First, let me say that I have known Mr. Holmes all of my life, and I concider him a good friend, I have also known Cindy Templeton all of my life, and also I concider her a good friend. But whether or not they are friends of mine, you have to vote for the person you think can do the best job, get the city all the grants and help thats possible. Mike Carter is the only true qualified canidate that's running for the Mayors office. I have known him to spend days after days attending meeting, workshops, whatever our former Mayor didn't have time to attend on several occasions. Mike knows the right people to help the northern end of Sumner County(Westmoreland) to get things done. My opinion on the Mike and his wife issue is, the council still has the final word, all funds that Freda will write checks for is at everyone of their fingertips, so why would this be a concern, it is several cities in the state where the mayor and the city recorder are husband and wife. Mike is an educated man, he knows how to run the city like a business, and he will. I do not know why anyone wants to start talking about Religion when they are trying to be elected to an office. God knows everyone's heart and if you are in it for personal gain or for his glory, you may fool some people, but you will not fool him. The Garage that opened, a bar, saloon whatever some want's to call it as far as I know there hasn't been any trouble to the point where our police has been tied up and using overtime because of it. they have and always will have overtime, when you pull over as many people in a small town as our police dept does, you will have overtime because they will have to take people to Gallatin if they are arrested, this has always been the case, with or without a bar in the city limits. ASs I said to start, these are all opinions, and I have voiced mine.
Elvira

Adolphus, KY

#13 Sep 1, 2010
I think you covered it all. Good post.
what I expected

Chicago, IL

#14 Sep 1, 2010
I saw a picture of Mike Carter in the Examiner today.
It was taken at the 3star demorat fund raiser.
That's enough for me, he won't get my vote, nor will
McWherter.
crabby old bastard

Scottsville, KY

#15 Sep 1, 2010
confused citizen wrote:
Westmoreland Ricky i have followed your opinions very regularly and agree to some point however I must ask you. As a person who thinks of themselves as reasonable intelligent, I have followed the council for the past few years in thought that maybe I would run soon, I have noticed that what you say is incorrect on some accounts. Typically it seems the meeting are decided before time, and yes the good ol boy system is in place typically stemming from mr. carter, and his vote, and I have yet to see how Mayor Templeton is tied to Brad, as Brad tends to be a wild card and votes however he thinks at that moment, and as far as Councilman Smalling, who I am told is her brother, unsure of that tends to vote the complete opposite of her. Also, I think the Harrison (know of him and heard of him but not personally) is only out for himself and will be trying to head to the top. Not sure of Ray as I have no idea who that is. However, as I have traveled extensively and be honored to work with several larger cities the current Mayor is the most educated of the three candidates ( I am told she is an attorney) and it would be easy to assume that she would be better qualified that someone who has no formal education (Holmes) and Carter who is educated (HS) I think but will not listen to anyone and is quite pigheaded (as I have seen personally) he also seems to be the fact that once he gets something in his mind he will not change. ALSO BOLD ALERT HIS WIFE WRITES THE CHECKS IS THAT THE BEST THING FOR THE TOWN FOR HIM TO BE MAYOR AND HER WRITING CHECKS...NO.
I close in saying that I myself moved to town a few years ago, and am quite comfortable as I work out of town,and I want a town that is nice and has stuff to do, and i want a LEADER THAT CAN GO TO ANY FUNCTION AND BE ABLE TO SPEAK in a manner that doesnt sound like a hick and someone who is educated so I will be voting for MAYOR TEMPLETON.
Westmoreland Ricky you talk of the good ol boy system but doesnt that apply to you as your uncle WENDALL HOLMES is on the council and running for MAYOR? Just wondering if that applies to you? Also Ricky this country was founded on separation of church and state or do you not know of the many decisions handed down through our court and legislature federally.
Westmoreland Ricky you do have some opinions that are good but everyone is entitled to theirs. A saying I was raised with said opinions are like a**holes everyone has one and sometimes they stink.
Ricky I would like an answer as to you and mr holmes being related do you not think that is a problem
Thanks
CONFUSED
A lawyer might be a good choice, but rember John Adams quote, "In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one usless man is a shame,two is a law firm,and three or more is a congress".
Westmoreland Ricky

Lafayette, TN

#16 Sep 1, 2010
I can't understand how I am getting jumped on. I was ask for my opinion and when I gave it I got jumped on. As for personel gain. I have done work in this town and did not get a dime. As for God's glory, already have that. And I am not trying to fool anyone. As for the bar, I have seen from working on our fire department what that leads to. Seen a lot of young people lose their lives. It could have been one of mine or yours. I have seen a lot of my friends loss their life over dranking and driving. I feel I was a lucky one. It has not happened yet, but it will sooner or later happen. And when it does, is the tax dollars worth it? As for the high tax rate, if you like paying it, then vote for someone that will raise it. I know and talk to a lot of our state people and county people also. We are e-mailing back and forth daily about things here in this town. I talk to a lot of people from both parties. But I want everyone to know I am running for the better of the town. If I win that is fine. If I don't, I guess I will do like everyone else is doing pay it or move. And there is a lot of for sale signs around town. As for the good ole boy thing goes. I have never been into that. I am my own person. I do what I feel is the best, not what some special interest group, or anyone else wants. If it is good for this town I am all for it. The big thing is we need jobs here. And I have not seen one not one of the guys that are setting on that council even try and get anything. And I said all of them. They either are retired or have a job. I want to see all our people here have a job. But somebody has to make an effort and nobody has as of day. I want to be someone that will try and make an effort. I want to be somebody that a person can call with a problem and get an answer, not an excuse. I want to be someone that gets things done, not someone that sets around and talks about getting it done.
I hope I get your vote and if not I will still work for you. I know I can't satisfy everyone one, everytime. But maybe the most of you the most of the time. I want repersent all the people here, regardless of who they are, or how much money they money. Thank You
Westmoreland Ricky

Lafayette, TN

#17 Sep 1, 2010
All I want is to be honest with each of you. I am not going to be wishy-washy with you. If I say I will vote for something I will until I an proven wrong.
Curious

United States

#18 Sep 2, 2010
I do agree with alot u said, but i also understand that the current tax hike is the first one for along time. I understand that for over 10 years there had not been a tax increase, and that is why nothing was done to the roads, or anyother improvements to the city. Without money nothing happens here or anywhere else. How do u propose to get the money, how do u get businesses to come to westmoreland, how do u get the younger crowd to want to stay in westmoreland, give us your thoughts, it isn't with the churches, it is with someone who can think out of the box, not the same ole same ole.... I. Have seen many of the council members trying to do something for jobs. And slowly a few things are happening but westmoreland can not continue to think like an. Old mans tow if it is going to grow and progress businesses do not want to locate to a location that is only worried about putting another church on every corner, and don't get me wrong i believe but god is only part of the answer to our problems we have to find a balance to make it all work and if u are going to only work with your convictions u are not working for the entire population. As far as everyone beating up on you if u can't take the heat now you better get out of the kitchen. Now before it gets too hot...
KatieB

Westmoreland, TN

#19 Sep 2, 2010
Westmoreland Ricky means well at least he is trying to do something for the town. Wendell is all about the way it use to be, Mike is stubborn and thinks his way or no way he can't get out of the box, Cindy gets my vote she has an education which we need ,someone that is willing to go toe to toe for this town. Please people get out and vote go to an council meeting see for your self what is going on.
Dixie

Olive Branch, MS

#20 Sep 2, 2010
If you'll think Cindy will sacrafice her attorney's responsibility to take the time to go to meeting, spend countless hours on the phone for the city, with no more than she will be paid for the mayors job, then I suggest you re-think your vote. She makes her living by being an attorney. Check and see how many council meetings she has been late arriving at since she has be on the council. She will not get my vote because she will not be dedicated to the position.

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