West Richland is governed by a mayor-council form of government. In this form, the mayor is the chief administrative officer, presents an annual budget to council, enforces contracts and ordinances, and has the authority to hire and fire employees. The mayor has no vote on council unless there is a tie. The council sets policy and the mayor implements it.
Our two mayor candidates have different views on the future of West Richland. Merle Johnson believes the city is on the wrong path and would like to stop development. He also says he will lower our water/sewer rates, void real estate contracts and zoning decisions. All of which he has no legal authority to do. Brent Gerry believes the city is on the right path. He believes economic development will improve city services and provide more amenities for the residents.
So, do I vote for the candidate who will say anything to get a vote or do I vote for someone who believes in a vibrant future for the city? I believe the choice is clear -- Brent Gerry.
NANCY ALDRICH, West Richland