- Allan Sharrock
- Quick Facts:
PERSONAL: Age 29. Engaged to Dee Cooper.
OCCUPATION: Industrial technology teacher at Lange Middle School; Missouri Army National Guard captain.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in agricultural education from MU.
BACKGROUND: Numerous military decorations, including the Bronze Star; many military training courses in engineering, leadership, combat and more; member of Veterans of Foreign Wars; studied in the Czech Republic and Germany; trained in welding at the Perryville Vocational Tech Center.
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TOP 4 ISSUES:
Public safety: Would look into building a second police station; wouldn't cut the police budget; would expand Neighborhood Watch training.
Economy: Would ask for a list of potential projects from Regional Economic Development Inc. and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and would work until all have been put to a vote; would work to close the financial gap between the less-educated and the professional class by bringing in better jobs for high school graduates and dropouts; would be aggressive in combating the economic downturn.
Youth issues: Would push for a transportation committee to re-evaluate public transit and ensure that buses provide easy transportation to parent-teacher conferences; wouldn't sacrifice education budget first.
Zoning and development: Wouldn't tell developers what to build where; would push the Planning and Zoning Commission to be consistent; would make it easier for businesses to relocate to Columbia.
"All cities, when they hit a certain number,
have to have a second police station."
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Where do your candidates
stand on the issues?
Allan Sharrock, Second Ward candidate
Job creation and unemployment
- Will ask for a list of potential projects from Regional Economic Development Inc. and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and will work until all have been put to a vote.
- Will work to close the financial gap between the less-educated and the professional class by bringing in better jobs for high school graduates and dropouts.
- Will be aggressive in combating the economic downturn
The role of neighborhood associations
- Will work with them to bring appeals to the City Council.
- Will push developers to be in contact with neighbors and customers.
- Will attend neighborhood association meetings in the Second Ward when his presence is requested.
- Would rely on city manager's input on associations' involvement in development approval.
Smart growth/business interests
- Will push the Planning and Zoning Commission to be consistent.
- Will make it easier for businesses to relocate to Columbia.
- Won't oppose construction of multi-use developments without special incentives.
Energy, including nuclear power
- Will support a second Callaway County nuclear plant.
- Recommends planting a shade tree to keep cooling costs down.
- Will adapt to rising energy costs and changing federal energy guidelines.
- Will encourage citizens to make homes more energy-efficient.
- Will look into building a second police station.
- Will consider cuts to public safety last.
- Will expand Neighborhood Watch training.
- Wants police officers to be more accessible to more citizens.
Budget shortfalls and sales tax revenue
- Doesn't see the economy recovering during what would be his first three-year term.
- Thinks the city must stay within its means; will be careful with tax dollars.
- Won't leave anything out of the discussion when the budget needs to be trimmed.
- Will weigh current projects issue-by-issue.
- Will consider public safety last and will increase its budget if possible.
Ward redistricting after the next census
- Would consider adding two more wards pending public and council input.
TIF/TDDs/CIDs/other incentives, etc.
- Won't use tax increment financing outside of truly blighted areas.
- Will support tax increment financing if it does not take money away from schools.
- Will look at providing incentives and maybe even tax breaks for businesses that relocate to Columbia.
- Will look at parks and trails to see if cuts need to be made.
- Won't vote to put the quarter-cent parks sales tax on the ballot in 2010.
- Will prioritize public safety and infrastructure above parks and trails.
- Will talk to GetAbout Columbia manager Ted Curtis about GetAbout projects in the Second Ward.
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