Wednesday Aug 18 2010
Six candidates running for two seats on City Council
By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
One incumbent, Linda Stackpoole, is in the race
The final tally for the number of candidates for two City Council seats this November is six. The candidates are Richard Pearl, incumbent Linda Stackpoole, Stan Nader, Gabriel Hydrick, Jeff Greenberg, with the latest name released being Reid Barney. The News Messenger spoke with Barney on Aug. 12 about why he chose to run for City Council and what he’ll bring to the city if elected. “It’s something I’ve always thought of, to run for public office,” Barney said. “Seeing what’s going on and reading what’s going on in the paper, I had two choices: go to City Council meetings and listen, and maybe speak, or run for City Council.” Barney, 35, is a facilities manager for Ace Hardware, where he manages a one-million-square- foot facility in Rocklin and oversees health and safety, loss prevention and maintenance of the facility. He said what he does for his job is very similar to what the City Council’s role in the city is. “What I’m doing is I’m serving other people, the employees of this facility, the owners of Ace Hardware, the store owners, and all 450 stores in this facility’s distribution area. The better we do things here, the better we are able to serve their needs,” Barney said. “I see that just like a business, the City Council has customers, who have needs that need to be met, and in that sense, we are serving them. It’s our job to look at the needs of people and meet them the best we can with the resources we have.” Barney said he “knows I’m not going to satisfy everyone in this job.” “But I hope that I can make the best decisions I can make and adequately communicate that to as many people as I can,” Barney said. “There are very important decisions, and this is a turning point for Lincoln. Is Lincoln going to be a small city or could Lincoln do the things it needs to do to be the mid-sized beautiful city that it is?” Barney talked about the importance of City Council meetings as a venue for residents to get involved. “Every citizen who is engaged should be allowed a venue to voice their opinion,” Barney said. “That’s the beauty of the City Council meetings. I would hope that more people would get involved and voice their opinion as a group so their voices are heard.” He said residents also have “the right to voice their opinions” with how they vote for Measure K. “I’m glad that it’s on the ballot, and it’s not something guaranteed 100 percent to happen. It’s up to the people, which it should be,” Barney said. “Personally, I view taxes and tax increases as a slippery slope that government should not walk around.” Barney gave the example of an employee asking for a pay raise for the same amount of work already done, or less. “Even if that employee is doing alright and asking for a pay raise to keep their performance the same way it is right now, it causes me to question, “What is your current performance and does it merit an increase?’” Barney said. “That’s an evaluation every citizen in Lincoln has the opportunity to make, and not just on Measure K, but regarding the City Council and all of the city employees.” Barney called asking for the tax increase “a dangerous question.” “It’s dangerous in the fact that if we can’t live within our means now, what is there to say that we’re going to live within our means in the future?” Barney said. A story about Stackpoole’s and Nader’s runs for City Council ran in The News Messenger June 3 (A2) issue. A story about Greenberg’s and Pearl’s runs for City Council ran in The News Messenger June 10 (A2) issue. And a story about Hydrick’s run for candidacy ran in The News Messenger July 15 (A3) issue.