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March 22, 2013

Transcript of Stillwater Chamber of Commerce's City Council forum Friday

STILLWATER, Okla. — The following are responses from Stillwater City Council candidates to questions posed at the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce City Council forum Friday. The introduction speeches have been omitted. Incumbent Joe Weaver's opponent Micah LeFebvre didn't attend the forum. Incumbent Philip Pina is facing challenger Gina Noble.

"What ideas or approach would you have for financing infrastructure or quality of life needs in our community?"

Weaver: "OK, as a council member, I get asked a lot, 'What's your agenda? What's you approach? How will you do X, Y and Z?' I would work as a member of a team of five council members with the city staff, with the community and develop a plan together in a way that is consensus building and getting everyone's opinion and take. That's not something one council member can do or should go into it with the idea that I'm going to do this or I'm going to do that. You're going to work together as part of a team, listening to the community, assessing what the community's needs are because you're listening to them and they're going to tell you what the needs are. Maybe there's not any needs. Maybe we don't need to do what you're alluding to. But, whatever that is, it will be from a team-building effort and consensus building effort and heavily engaging the community and listening to what they have to say."

Pina: "I want to say what Joe has said is basically the same opinion that I have; that we don't go in with an agenda. We look at the issues and hopefully we do the research. We make each other accessible to the people who need to come to us and talk to us. And based upon all the research, the accessibility and all the things that we found out, we can make a sound, judgmental decision. We can begin to say we think, and I keep on using the word we because it's part of the whole Council thing we're talking about, we think this is the best decision for the city based upon all those parameters out there that we've looked at. I will not go into any kind of decision making as a solo individual. I will listen to my fellow counselors. I will listen to the mayor. And I will based those decisions, again, upon research and accessibility and at that point, I'll make my decision."

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