Get to know Marceline City Council candidate Josh Shoemaker.

1. Tell us a little about your background, what you believe qualifies you to serve, and why you chose to run for a seat on the Marceline City Council.  How long have you lived in Marceline?  If you weren’t born and raised in Marceline, what prompted you to relocate to Marceline?
My name is Josh Shoemaker.   I am 30 years old and a lifelong resident of Marceline.  My wife, Megan, and I have two sons- Hudson (4) and Carson (1).  I have been employed by the Marceline School District for the last 8 years as a math teacher and middle school football and track coach.  I currently serve on the City Council, being appointed to a vacated position in 2012.
2. Please name an issue or challenge you believe the City of Marceline needs to resolve.  Why do you think it is so important to resolve this issue?  How do you suggest that the City go about meeting this challenge, and how can you personally contribute to the resolution?
The biggest issue facing the City currently is the financial crisis we are in as a result of our electric rates and contract with Prairie State.  It is absolutely crucial to the stability of our community to come to a resolution with Prairie State, whether that is separation, renegotiation, or any other avenue (even if drastic in nature) needed to save in cost that will eventually send our City towards financial demise.  If something is not done, we as the City of Marceline are headed towards bankruptcy or default, neither of which reflects well on our community.  I can speak to the fact that it is the goal of the current Council to resolve the issue as soon as possible; though I can’t speak to details I can communicate that measures are being taken in order to minimize the effects of our current situation.  
3. What, in your opinion, are Marceline’s greatest resources?  What can you do to, if you are elected to the City Council, to retain and build upon those resources?
The greatest resources in the City of Marceline are our local industries and businesses, our school district, our parks, the Walsworth Community Building, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum and the citizens themselves.  As a Councilman I will continue to support all of the above and represent their best interests.
4. Do you believe that as a Councilman or Councilwoman you should be able to retain a copy of the City Budget to refer to at your leisure?  Why or why not?
Every Councilman, Councilwoman, or citizen for that matter, should have access to the working budget at all times.  The budget as well as numerous other documents should be available to the public when requested and when allowed by law.  It is extremely important for the Council and the City to be as transparent as possible.