The race for the Ward 3 Alderman in St. Peters is between three candidates.
Incumbent Tommy Roberts is being challenged by Terri Violet and Burt Biermann. Gearing up for the April 3 General Election, we'll have profiles of each of the candidates. Next up, alphabetically, is Roberts.
Tommy Roberts: Candidate for Ward 3 Alderman
Where do you live? Enwood Subdivision
What is your current job/position? Operating Engineer Local 513
Why are you running for Board of Aldermen? There is a need for leadership and experience on the Board of Alderman. I believe I posses those qualities. I have been able to accomplish many things since being elected as your representative including the Water Line Insurance Bill, the St. Peters Green team which is responsible for saving our tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars, being elected Board President in my first term and passing a balanced budget for the past three years without cutting services to the residents and not raising taxes like most other municipalities have had to do. I feel that I have proven myself as a leader and want to continue to work for the families of St. Peters to better their way of life!
What relevant experience do you have? Elected 2008 as Alderman Ward 3, elected Board President in 2011, served on the Salvation Army Board, involved with Disabled Veterans of America, serve on the American Clean Coal Coalition, led Speaking Tours to inmates in our correctional facilities about the effects of Alcoholism, speak to troubled teens about how to change their lives and become productive members of society, contribute to D.A.S.A, served on Planning and Zoning, served on Parks and Recreation Commission, served on Green Team, served on Celebrate St. Peters Committee.
What do think you can you bring to this position? My leadership skills, experience and knowledge of how government works, my responsiveness to residents concerns, use my relationships with elected officials from both parties to work hard and continue to get things done for our residents. Making our residents way of life better is most important and I will continue to work hard to do that!
Please tell us about one goal you have for this position: My top goal is to have our city producing it's own power through solar and wind. We have more than a million dollars in energy bills annually and I'm currently working to have our own solar fields so we can reduce energy cost and save the taxpayers money. My top priority is to do whatever it takes to make the way of life of our residents better and save them money. Our residents are my No. 1 concern and if there is any way that I can help them have a better way of life and save money while living in our city I will do that.
What's one change you'd like to see in St. Peters during your term in office? The one change I would like to see is the way dirty politics are played in our city. Since the start of this campaign my opponents have stooped very, very, low and have been telling straight out lies and half truths about me. This has hurt myself and my family deeply. There have been times when I've seen my wife cry over some of the lies that are being spread through our ward and it shouldn't be that way. This sort of dirty campaign tactics is disgraceful and puts a black eye on our city. I love St. Peters and I believe I've proven that through all the hard work I've done to make our residents lives better. I've ran an above board, positive campaign and I hope the good people of Ward 3 take that into consideration when they go to the polls on April 3rd. Thanks for your support.
A request for information was sent out to each of the candidates and this is the response.
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