Three people are vying for two open seats on the Truesdale Board of Aldermen. Because the city is smaller, it is not divided into wards. Rather, aldermen are elected “at large” to represent the …
Three people are vying for two open seats on the Truesdale Board of Aldermen.
Because the city is smaller, it is not divided into wards. Rather, aldermen are elected “at large” to represent the entire city.
Incumbents Robert “Bobby” Green and Stanley Brookshier are running for re-election and they are being challenged by Jerry Cannon. Aldermen serve two-year terms.
The candidates’ profiles are below:
Cannon is an American history teacher in the Wentzville R-IV School District.
He is founder and sponsor of The Harbor Light Homeless Veterans Outreach, a member of the Truesdale Railroad Days Committee, Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and Missouri National Education Association.
Cannon said he wants to serve the community where he has lived for the 59 years of his life.
“I have a tremendous loyalty to Truesdale, and desire to see our community continue on the positive path it is currently on. I will bring a new, fresh perspective to issues that are currently facing our city, while still being keenly aware of protecting our rich history,” he said. “I will work diligently for all citizens of Truesdale on development of Bruer Park, community growth, relations with school and business leaders as we look to the future of Truesdale.”
Cannon said as Truesdale grows it will be facing problems that most communities face.
“I will be a voice for the citizens of Truesdale on issues with road and street improvements, zoning, water quality, safety of neighborhoods, and attraction of new businesses,” he said. “I will be an advocate for the development of Bruer Park so that families can go there and have enjoyable outings, and our entire community will have a place for events and celebrations that we all can be proud of.
Cannon is a two-time teacher of the year — Winfield R-IV 2007-08 and Wentzville R-IV 2013-14 — and was named a KMOV Harris’ Heroes in 2017 for his service for homeless veterans.
This is Cannon’s first run for public office. He is married to Kathy Cannon.
Brookshier is a member of the Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and Creekside Place Church.
Brookshier, an incumbent, said, “Truesdale is growing and improving. I hope to keep this trend moving.”
While in office, he said he helped upgrade the police department, demolition of the old copper plant, upgrade existing roads, started work on a new city park, and began a practice of cleaning up the city and removing old, delinquent buildings.
If re-elected, Brookshier said he will continue to improve the security and prosperity of the citizens and city of Truesdale.
Brookshier is married to Jean.
Green, who serves as president of the board of aldermen, is seeking a third term. He is a production planner at Titanium Metals Corporation.
Green is president of the nonprofit Vets Lifting Vets Foundation, an appointed board member for the University of Missouri Extension Council and part of the Truesdale Railroad Days Event Steering Committee.
Green said he is running again because he enjoys being engaged in the community and feels a call to serve.
“Though I’m pleased with the progress that the board and I have made in Truesdale, I feel that I have a lot of unfinished business,” he said. “I’ve raised my family in Truesdale since 2008, and I am extremely interested in the growth of Truesdale. I look forward to bringing in more economic growth for the city, cleaning up any problem areas, and providing a safe place for the community.”
Green has been part of the development of Bruer Park, the town’s first park. He participated in the creation of the Railroad Days Event, which has found regional support, and served on the Railroad Days Steering Committee.
“I’ve been involved in strengthening ordinances and increasing police staffing, which have delivered positive results. The ordinance changes and increased police presence have resulted in a significant decrease in city crime rates, and a significant increase in new businesses,” he said.
If re-elected, Green said he will continue to work with the board to minimize the financial burden on city taxpayers by looking for alternative financial support, such as grants, for city projects. He would work to hold property owners, not just tenants, responsible for ordinance violations.
“I’m a results-driven leader and I feel this would give these ordinance violations a sense of urgency in getting the matters resolved quickly,” he said. “My main focus would be on providing economic growth and a safe, clean community for the citizens of Truesdale to raise their families.”
He is married to Mandy.