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McClintock, Porter square off in Platte City alderman race

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

In previous years, there haven't been many contested races when it comes to elections for the Platte City Board of Aldermen.

Things are different this time around. There are two contested races on the board set to be decided on Tuesday, April 2. One of those is the battle for a Ward 2 alderman post between incumbent George McClintock and challenger Ron Porter.

McClintock, who is completing his first term as a Ward 2 alderman, stated his decision to pursue a second term carries the goal of achieving the best quality of life for the community.

"The main purpose is to serve the community for citizen welfare, community growth and to improve the quality of life for our citizens," said McClintock.

McClintock stated that if elected to a second term, his agenda carries a full plate of ensuring the growth of the plaza and seeing through the remainder of the Capital Improve-ment Program (CIP).

McClintock main-tained a vital role in the development of the CIP and also was active in the structuring of the new planning and zoning codes.

According to McClintock, one of the main focuses of the city government will be the growth of Platte City in the future.

"As the Northland grows, we're going to become a central hub and more and more of a progressive city," said McClintock. "During this growth period, we want to make sure that what we are doing is in the best interest of the city and citizens.

"We need to stay with the growth that is and will be coming into the city, but at the same time maintain the quality of life for the citizens of Platte City that are already here."

McClintock, who has been a resident of Platte City since February of 1992, has also served on the Platte City Planning and Zoning Commission for five years, and served on the Platte City Public Works Committee and as a Platte County election judge.

He received a business degree from Washburn University of Topeka, KS in 1962, graduate studies in public administration at Kansas State University in 1981, and completed various military management and technical schools including The Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, KS in 1978. McClintock served 23 years service in the military, retiring in 1981. He and his wife, Shirley Franks, have six children and 12 grandchildren.

For Ron Porter, his decision to pursue a spot on the board of aldermen came about because he said he sees a need for better service in Ward 2.

"I feel I will provide a more friendly personality with the people of the community and serve the people better," explained Porter. "As alderman, you need to be aware of the needs of the people in your ward and I'm going to try and be of service to those people in my ward."

Porter, who has been a lifelong resident of Platte County and a resident of Platte City since 1990, has served the area in various governmental offices. Porter has served on the Platte County Sheriff's Department and the Platte City Police Department, as well as the civil defense director for Platte County. Besides governmental offices, he worked in security for TransWorld Airlines for 29-years and worked as a construction contractor.

As alderman for Ward 2, Porter stated that he would like to see the alderman meet with all city employees at least every three months so they will be able to vent frustrations they may be having. He also stated that concerns of his are how it seems like there are many places torn up (during improvement projects) throughout Platte City at the same time and the length of time it takes to get those projects finished.

"There are so many (mistakes) made in this town and one goal of mine is to get those straightened out. I'm only one vote, but I'll try and do my best," stated Porter.

Porter also expressed a need to see more community involvement in the city's meetings.

"Due to my background, I feel that all these things make me qualified to be a good alderman," said Porter. "I feel that I can do a better job of representing the people in Ward 2 than has been done."

Ron and his wife, Joan, have three daughters and three stepsons.