Our Voice -- Richland City Council: Jones, Rose and Kent

October 25, 2013 

Jones v. Reed

Gregory L. Jones and Melody Reed are vying for a seat on the Richland City Council left open by John Fox's retirement.

Jones is the nuclear safety division team leader for the Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office. He also serves as vice chair of the city's parks and recreation commission.

Reed is vice principal at Christ the King and has a master's degree in business administration.

Reed mentioned a couple of times during her interview that the Richland City Council needs more diversity, specifically females. Sandra Kent is the only woman on the council and she is up for re-election.

Reed brings up a good point about the largely homogeneous age, gender and racial makeup of the that board. It's something to consider.

But certainly not a reason to vote for someone.

Reed sells herself short to stand on the gender card. She is a personable communicator and is willing to listen to the public.

However, she is inexperienced and nave when it comes to city policy.

Her opponent, conversely, has done his homework. Jones' service on the park board gives him insight into how the city runs and some of the issues.

While Reed talks about the generalities of financial stability and planning for the future, Jones has specifics for how to reach those goals.

We think he's better prepared for city leadership.

The Tri-City Herald recommends Gregory L. Jones for Richland City Council Position 7.

Rose v. Kalia

Eric Kalia is frustrated with Richland's seeming inability to implement Washington's medical and recreational marijuana laws. In fact, he's so frustrated that he's running for the council.

His opponent, David Rose, is the council's mayor pro tem. He was appointed to the council in 2004. Rose also owns and operates a couple of rental stores in the Tri-Cities.

Rose's time on the council has brought him up to speed on the many facets of city management. He sees potential for the city and places where it is falling short. For example, he describes Lee Boulevard on Friday night as a ghost street rather than attracting evening business.

Kalia has ideas for tourism and development, but all of them revolve around marijuana. He is a polite and well-spoken young man, but his candidacy is limited to one issue.

The Tri-City Herald recommends David Rose for Richland City Council Pos. 4.

Kent v. Eskeli

Sandra Kent is running to retain her seat on the Richland City Council. Eldon Eskeli is challenging her. Eskeli declined the invitation to chat with us.

Kent was appointed to the council in 2008. Kent has lived in the Tri-Cities since 1999. She originally is from Kansas City and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor's in urban planning and has a law degree from the University of Kansas.

Now that she has been on the council for a while, her biggest concern for the city is generating enough revenue. She sees the future resting on conservative planning and in forming partnerships.

The skills from her day job nicely mirror the assets she brings to the council. Voters should retain her.

The Tri-City Herald recommends Sandra Kent for Richland City Council, Pos. 3.

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