Wednesday Kiwanis lunch meetings in Port Clinton are rarely laced with politics.
However last Wednesday there were some big surprises. Sometimes when members have announcements, they make them by turning in “happy bucks”. Last Wednesday, two Kiwanis members announced they were formally going to run for seats on Port Clinton City Council, by offering “happy bucks” to the treasurer.
Kassie Anderson, a resident of Alice Street in Port Clinton, announced her intention to run for the 1st Ward seat currently held by Democrat Ron Aukerman. Trish McCartney, a resident of Ninth Street south of Magruder Hospital, is running for 3rd ward council and the seat presently held by Democrat Randy Lipstraw. Both Anderson and McCartney are running as Republicans.
The primary issue that has motivated both to run is a shared interest in economic development in Port Clinton. Both are involved in family businesses. Anderson’s family owns Transmissions Unlimited on West Lakeshore Drive and McCartney is a State Farm Insurance agent with an office in the Sutton Center.
“As a person involved in a small family business, I have a vested interest in seeing our community succeed and grow,” says Anderson. McCartney’s answer to the question, “what is your main reason for running?” is essentially the same. She wants to see the city stop playing politics with the economic future of the community.