It shouldn’t take Neosho voters long to make up their minds when they enter the voting booth on Tuesday, at least not for the city council race, as the two incumbents, Steve Hart and Tom Workman, are running unopposed in their re-election bids.
Workman is currently finishing up his first term on the city council, after being elected in April 2010. Prior to serving, he worked for 20 years as a city employee in the Parks and Recreation Department.
“I just think it’s important to carry on,” Workman said. “I think the city’s moving a good direction and as a long term city employee it’s been my desire to be a part of it for a long time.”
Joining him on the ballot is Hart, who is seeking his third appearance on the council, though it would also be his first full three-year term.
Hart, who currently serves as the mayor pro tem, was first appointed to the council in April 2011, and has since filled two unexpired terms.
He was first appointed to fill the unexpired term of former councilwoman Heather Bowers, with one year remaining on her term.
Then, in April 2012, Hart was elected to a one-year term, left from the unexpired term of former councilman Chris Wright.
Wright resigned in January 2011, and current councilman David Ruth was appointed to fill that role until the April 2012 election, at which time he sought a three-year term, while Hart ran for the one-year seat.
Now, Hart says he is ready to continue the work the current council has been doing.
“I don’t believe my job is finished to get things done for the city that I believe the citizens of Neosho deserve,” Hart said. “The first thing of course when I got on there was to put the city back in a good financial situation, and though we’re not out of the woods yet, we have made such great strides to right the ship, as I would call it, for the city’s finances. I don’t want to see that stop and want to totally achieve our goal for financial stability.”
Hart said while the city’s financial well-being is his main concern, he also wants the council to continue work toward creating a better quality of life for the citizens of Neosho.
“I believe our city has abandoned that in the last 15 years or so and I know this council, not just me, is committed to putting that on the forefront,” Hart said.
Meanwhile, Workman said he would like to see the city continue to grow and to be a progressive city.
“Anytime you have a city that’s based on sales tax, obviously you need growth,” Workman said. “We just want to see good things happen, it’s our home and we want to continue to make it a great place for people to live and a great place for people to come.”