Six people have already filed their paperwork to run for the Cary Village Board.
The candidates are:
- Dale Collier
- Jim Cosler (Incumbent)
- Kimberly Covelli (Incumbent)
- Ellen McAlpine (Incumbent)
- Tim Ritter
- Shawn Wheeler
Incumbents Kimberly Covelli and Jim Cosler were elected in 2015 via a record-breaking write-in campaign which was largely themed on restoring people’s voice in local government.
Pedcor low income housing project had just been approved despite serious resident opposition to its location.
Throughout their term the two have made significant strides by interacting with their constituents through use of their Facebook page (Cary Connection).
Of the four other candidates, Collier, McAlpine, and Wheeler have joined to form a slate they call “We Unite Cary”.
Their website www.weunitecary.com lists “The Issues” as
- economic development
- village Board conduct
With Trustee Ellen McAlpine as the incumbent in this slate, one must cast a skeptical eye on at least two of their platform issues, taxes and Board conduct.
In 2017, McAlpine was scolded by the State’s Attorney for an improper vote on the use of taxpayer funds, a type of vote which she repeated in May 2018.
She has also championed a higher property tax levy as a panacea for Cary’s budget problems, leading the vote two weeks ago to raise the Village’s property tax levy.
Newcomer Tim Ritter is relatively unknown, but the real story here will probably come down to Cosler/Covelli versus an attempt to control the Board under the leadership of Mayor Mark Kownick.
Kownick narrowly defeated Cosler in the 2017 round of village elections.
If the slate prevails, Mayor Kownick will have the Board votes he needs on any issue.