Archive for Thursday, December 7, 2006

A fresh face for the council

December 7, 2006

Last week, the Eudora City Council approved Mayor Tom Pyle's nomination of Jeff Peterson to fill an unexpired seat on the council.

The mayor recommended Peterson over four other applicants. The 34-year-old man gave the mayor a resume that was hard to overlook with his four years of service in the Kansas Legislature from 1998 to 2002.

Of course, serving in the Kansas House is different from sitting on a local city council. But Peterson should have developed political skills from serving two terms in the House, not to mention considerable knowledge.

One suspects he will be confident in his own opinion while understanding when compromise is needed.One thing Peterson certainly has some familiarity with is communicating with constituents.

As our local House representative Anthony Brown will tell you, running for the Statehouse is about door-to-door campaigning. The work doesn't end with the election. It's equally important to keep constituents updated on the happenings in Topeka while trying to advance legislation.

After applying for the open seat, Peterson said he represented Eudora's growth. After his appointment, he said he would represent the entire city, as indeed he must do. The first comment could be interpretive as "representative of," and that is a viewpoint that would provide balance to the council. His will offer a fresh perspective for the city.

Peterson's term will end in April, and he has already said he will run for a four-year term. He has a great opportunity to make his case in the next four months.

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