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Meet the at-large city council candidates

Five candidates are campaigning for two at-large city council seats this fall.

They are: Samantha Clattenburg; Timothy Willis; Scott Welch; current Ward 10 Councilor Fred Keach; and current Ward 4 Councilor Amanda Grady Sexton. A sixth candidate, Josh VanBuskirk said he was not campaigning and learned it was too late to remove his name from the ballot.

Two of the six candidates, elected citywide, will earn four-year terms on the city council.


Samantha Clattenburg seeks active role on city council

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Samantha Clattenburg decided to run for city council because local government has a direct effect on residents’ lives. “I like my privacy, but at the same time, I’m at a point in my life where if I have something to say about the city, I should stop complaining about it and do something about it actively,” she told the Monitor’s …

Josh VanBuskirk says he is not actively seeking city council seat

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

At-large city council candidate Josh VanBuskirk declined an interview with the Monitor. The 29-year-old said he looked into removing his name from the ballot, but learned it was too late. “I’m not really campaigning,” he said. …

Scott Welch offers new ideas for city council

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scott Welch decided to run for city council because he thinks Concord voters should have a choice. This fall, the 58-year-old Borough Road resident became one of six candidates to file for two at-large city council seats. Welch, who formerly managed retail stores and is now disabled, said he disagreed with the council’s vote in September to accept a federal …

Timothy Willis looks to ‘jump in’ to Concord City Council

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Timothy Willis has no political experience, but says that is exactly why he wants to be a city councilor. Willis, 48, said he was dissatisfied with some actions by the current council, so he decided to launch his own campaign. “It’s not any one reason, it’s just several things kind of kept piling up until I decided, ‘Okay I better …

Three-term Councilor Fred Keach seeks citywide seat

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fred Keach is running for his fourth term on the city council with some basic goals: Keep the tax rate low and focus on repaving roads. Keach, now the councilor for Ward 10, is running citywide this fall for a four-year term. The 51-year-old owns D. McLeod Florist in Concord, and has never faced an opponent in a city council …

Amanda Grady Sexton looks to expand constituent work

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Amanda Grady Sexton’s favorite part of being a city councilor is responding to residents’ concerns. “I get a lot of calls, period,” she told the Monitor’s editorial board. “. . . I think when you are responsive and people know that you’re willing to help, they rely on you for that. And that’s my job.” After two terms as the …

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