So please allow me to begin with the necessary disclaimer. I am about to encourage any Moscow residents who care what I think to vote in a particular way this coming Tuesday. That being the case, I need to say at the outset that in writing this I am not representing any particular institution with which I am associated. I am the pastor of Christ Church, but am not offering this exhortation on behalf of the church. I serve on various boards of local entities, and I am not speaking for them either. I own and operate Blog and Mablog, and am solely responsible for the contents thereof. All clear?
That said, I think I can also safely say that the election matters a great deal to all the ministries I am associated with.
Broken down, the choice is between the incumbents, who basically favor a live-and-let-live approach to life in our small town, and the progressive alternative, who would, if they could, throw all kinds of obstacles in the way of growth. Not only are they opposed to the expansion and growth of entities like New St. Andrews, Logos School, or Christ Church, they are generally suspicious of any kind of economic growth at all. If you are interested in seeing the economic impact that the incumbents have had, I would refer you here. If you are too busy to click on links, the basic takeaway is this:
“Steve Peterson’s economic study documented a remarkable turnaround from the direction this city was headed just four years ago,” said GMA President Bob Hieronymus. “Moscow’s pro-business climate is paying dividends, so why change things? We’re for keeping our current Mayor and City Council in office.”
The incumbents I would like to see returned to office are Bill Lambert (mayor), John Weber (2-year council seat) and Gina Taruscio, Walter Steed, and Art Bettge (4-year council seats).
For a contrary example, one of the outsiders running for a council seat (Brandy Sullivan) was a (very) vocal opponent of New St. Andrews being allowed to restore and renovate a downtown bar. And Linda Pall played an obstructionist role in the preliminaries to the coming expansion of Logos School.
In short, we have had a good period of peace and quiet for the last few years, and if the election goes well, it can remain that way.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim. 2:1–2).