Thomas Circo, 60
Occupation: Insurance agent.
Past or present community service/public office: Officer, Vice President of the Raymore Chamber of Commerce; 2009 Raymore Chamber Person of the Year; served on the Mayor’s Economic Development host team for many years.
Why do you wish to serve your community on the City Council?: I want to keep transparency going in our local government and serve the citizens of my ward and work with the mayor and other councilmen and women respectively for the future of Raymore.
What qualifications/leadership do you feel that you can bring to your community?: Being the treasurer of the chamber seven of 11 years, and the president and accountant of my corporation for 15 years, gives me a lot of experience in handling budgets and spending on a fairly large scale.
Derek Moorhead, 44
Occupation: Attorney, lecturer.
Past or present community service/public office: City Councilman Ward 2; former Raymore Planning & Zoning Commission member, 2011- 2012.
Why do you wish to serve your community on the City Council?: Thirty years ago, my father was a Raymore councilman. I watched him help Raymore grow into what it is today. He told me that he was doing things for future generations, and when I got older, I would be working for the benefit of my children. I now have that chance. I bring a calm, firm voice to the council. I want to be a better steward for citizen concerns. Residents should be more involved in the decisions that affect where they live.
What qualifications/leadership do you feel that you can bring to your community?: I am the only candidate with a profession that requires me to put my clients first and my own interests second. As a small business attorney, I help business owners grow and succeed. In addition, I am skilled and experienced in public finance and city government. As a college lecturer, I challenge and academically develop young minds. My approach is to “open doors, but not tell them which one’s to enter.” I made a promise to go to the front porch of any citizen that called or emailed a concern. I have honored that promise.
What would be your top priorities for the community you would serve, if elected?: With the expansion of I-49 and the building of the North Cass Parkway exit, Raymore will see huge growth in the future. The biggest challenge facing Raymore with this growth is managing the development of this new corridor, while preserving its suburban community feel. Since my appointment to the council, I have stressed conservative fiscal responsibility. I have fought changes to our business codes that would have allowed door-to-door salesmen to run free in our neighborhoods. I have supported the city issuing two obligation bond refunds, leading to a savings of almost 2.3 million dollars. I continue to defend our budget reserve and strong municipal credit rating.
Finally, I would like to see the City of Raymore develop more community connectivity. We have been in discussion over the expansion of our Park and Recreation services to include the completion of Hawkridge Park, the creation of a disc golf course and the development of an off-leash dog park. Also, there have been discussions about creating a city civic center, which would serve as a common place for community gatherings, create higher education opportunities and assist in creating social connectivity of residents.