Editorial: In Ward 3 council race, vote for McClure
Voters in Ward 3 have the hardest job in Concord on Tuesday: choosing between two excellent candidates for the city council, knowing that their choice will inevitably force one of them out of city hall.
The candidates in the race are Jan McClure, Jennifer Kretovic and Rick Cibotti. McClure, who has served five terms, is the Ward 3 incumbent. Kretovic, serving her first term, currently represents Ward 2, but a quirk of redistricting means she now lives in Ward 3. Both women are impressive councilors. Both have taken on serious roles, helping to navigate the city through some of its most important challenges. And, importantly, neither has taken the easy route on the suddenly hot issue of the Langley Parkway extension; both want to hear more before choosing sides.
Kretovic worked hard with the committee tasked with untangling the city bus routes, making them more efficient, logical and user-friendly – a tedious and important job. She has been immersed in the Main Street redesign project from its inception. She is a terrific cheerleader for the city. McClure has been the council’s most important and consistent voice on the issue of protecting open space land from development. She is a convincing champion for the new downtown library project. And she is a fiscal conservative.
Hard to go wrong in this race, but we give McClure the edge. As the Ward 3 incumbent, she has given voters no reason to turn her out. We appreciate her long years of experience and institutional knowledge. Although she supports the Main Street project, she also brings a refreshing skepticism when it comes to this and other budgetary matters.
Cibotti, the third candidate in the race, impressed us with his volunteerism, particularly in helping to create and maintain city hiking trails. But in this race, the real choice is between McClure and Kretovic. Our vote goes to McClure.