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  • April election: Meet the candidates for Linn Creek Mayor

  • Two residents are vying for the mayoral seat for the city of Linn Creek during the April 8 election. Incumbent Ginny Mueller and Joyce M. Thompson are both eyeing the position. Here is a Q and A with both candidates.
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  • Two residents are vying for the mayoral seat for the city of Linn Creek during the April 8 election. Incumbent Ginny Mueller and Joyce M. Thompson are both eyeing the position. Here is a Q and A with both candidates. 
     
    Ginny Mueller, Incumbent
    How long have you lived in the city? I have lived in Linn Creek for the past three years, and have lived in the Lake area for over 15 years.  When I moved to Linn Creek, I made it my goal to become Mayor of this fine city and my dream came true last year.
    My family has been a part of the lake area since the 1930's.  My Grandparents, Virgil and Ann Wall, were born and raised here and my grandfather helped build the Bagnell Dam in the 1930's.  The old family homestead was located in the town of Zebra, which is now Osage Beach, and my cousins still own the family farm in Iberia, Missouri.
    My 93 year old mother, Alpha Sacco and I live in a restored 1920's home in downtown Linn Creek.
    What is your occupation? As well as being the current proud Mayor of Linn Creek, I am also a licensed Real Estate Broker/Realtor with an extensive background in business management.
    After years of owning my own insurance agency, I opened a Real Estate Brokerage, where I supervised over 100 units and 50 single family properties.  
    Why are you running? 
    In the last year as interim Mayor of Linn Creek, I have been instrumental in changing  City Hall in many ways.  We are striving to become more involved with our citizens to ensure a welcoming environment and provide professional law enforcement and fire protection services.
    What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing the City of Linn Creek?
     The biggest challenge facing the City of Linn Creek is to secure grants for the funding of new paved streets, sidewalks and street lights, to ensure safety for the citizens.  
    If elected, what are three goals you will attempt to meet while in office? 
    When I am elected, I have several goals for Linn Creek.  I would strive to bring more business to this quant town.  I am in favor of Tax Increment Financing to encourage businesses to move to our town.  I am actively meeting with investors to develop a strategy to make this happen.  I would also like to see a community center and indoor soccer field to promote family oriented activities. I am also working with MODOT to replace the Locust Street Bridge.
    Please vote for your current Mayor of Linn Creek on April 8, 2014 at the Old Camden County Museum on S. Locust in Linn Creek, Mo.  Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Linn Creek.           Joyce Thompson
    Page 2 of 2 -  How long have you lived in Linn Creek? Since 1986, but grew up in Lake Area.
    What is your occupation? I have  investments and have been trained in retail. 
    What is your education background? I have three years toward a degree in social phycology. 
    Why are you running? 
    I am running because when I was mayor before there were a lot of things I wanted to do but was not able to do because I resigned. I do have the experience and I am a conservative person and have warm feelings for this town. 
    What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing the City of Linn Creek?
     
    As always, money. We have to be very, very careful with our spending. Be independent of outside connections- money and loans. There is very little I would change. So far, things have been done real well. I can't get over how well our Police Department is. 
    If elected, what are three goals you will attempt to meet while in office? 
    1. Infrastructure: We fix the drains in town. We have one in town that works great and need more of those. The roads are a disaster- need to fix them. 
    2. Encourage more business to come to town. 
    3. Tighten up spending so can do many projects ourselves. 
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