Wednesday, August 09, 2017
TKC QUESTION: IS ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN KANSAS CITY BALLOT BOX POISON?!?!
Last night Clay Chastain's Question 2 went down in flames by a margin of 58 to 42. The decisive defeat was surprising given that the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance endorsed his effort.
And all of this begs the question . . .
WILL CLAY CHASTAIN FINALLY ABANDON HIS KANSAS CITY RAIL QUEST AND HONOR HIS PROMISE ON GIVE UP ON LOCAL RAIL EFFORTS?!?!?
A bit refresher that denizens of our blog community might have forgotten . . .
Sep 19, 2016, 3:08pm From the Kansas City Biz Journal - Chastain's last stand: Activist says this is his final light-rail bid
Money line . . .
Chastain, who has used initiative petitions to get several light-rail proposals on ballots during the past 20-plus years, outlined his latest during a public forum Monday that attracted a crowd of only 10 people to a meeting room at the Kansas City Public Library's Country Club Plaza branch. "If they vote for it, we're going for it," Chastain said. "But if it's voted down, I'll consider the light-rail issue in Kansas City dead."
To be fair, this was back in November before his previous defeat and his new plan was focused on light rail and not streetcar expansion . . . Nevertheless, it's now getting closer to a decade since Mr. Chastain has seen an election victory and his continued activism is now used at talking point against Citizen Initiative Petitions which represent a vital aspect of local Democracy. Is it time for him to quit???
You decide . . .