Earl Link, who has previously served on the Doolittle Board of Aldermen, is challenging incumbent Brad Hilton for the Doolittle alderman seat in Ward 2 in Tuesday’s election.
Both candidates were given questionnaires by The Rolla Daily News about why they are running, but only Link responded. His answers are below:
1. Briefly describe your background, including education, work experience, organizations you are or have been involved in, previous public service experience, family or other related information.
Link: “I attended Newburg school. I retired in 2006. I owned Action Mechanical Contractors, Inc., a heating/air conditioning mechanical business for 40 years, with 26 of those years in Rolla. I have a farm in Doolittle, which has been in my wife’s family for some time. I attend a Baptist church. I am a 32nd Degree Mason and I belong to the NRA. My wife, Valetta, and I have been married for 47 years. We have two daughters, two granddaughters, three great-granddaughters. one grandson and a great-grandson on the way in a few months. “
2. Why are you running for this office?
Link: “I signed up to run for council because I don’t like any seat in local government that’s unopposed. People were running unopposed for council and I don’t think it should be that way. There should be opposition for every seat available. I feel people should take more interest in their city.”
3. What experiences or qualities do you possess that qualify you for this position?
Link: “It’s a nice city and I want to keep it that way. I have been on the council previously.”
4. How do you differ from your opponent?
Link: “I don’t know that we differ that much. Sometimes their (aldermen’s) work schedules keep them from doing some things. Some people don’t take an interest. I want to help the city and do what’s best for the city.”
5. What do you think are the most important issues facing the city of Doolittle?
Link: “The most important issue is our sewer project. We have outstanding bills and the USDA loan has got to be paid back and without everyone participating in the sewer system, it’s hard to do that. People owe several thousands of dollars on this sewer system, so I’d like to see a solution to that. I want to help the city and make it a better place. There are other projects, too. The city is now in the process of adding storm sirens and warning systems, and it’s a good thing that the city has started that already and it needs to be seen through.”
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6. What, if any, improvements or changes do you think could be made to the city of Doolittle?
Link: “I think we could stand improvements to our city park and our road systems. I’d like to see that if we can afford it.”