Four candidates are vying for two available seats on the Weed City Council this November. Incumbents Chuck Sutton and Bob Hall are on the ballot with challengers Andy Grossman and Stacey R. Green.
Each of the candidates say they want to do what’s best for the town of Weed and its residents, and each has identified budgetary and economic issues as the main challenges that must be overcome in the next few years.
While Grossman is running on a platform of fiscal conservatism, Hall is looking to continue volunteer projects, such as Main Street Pride, to revitalize the downtown. Sutton points to his experience, knowledge, and approachable nature, while Green wants to contribute his communication skills and enthusiasm to the city council.
Grossman is a pastor of the Church of the Nazarene and also serves as the Weed Police Department chaplain. He has served as a delegate to the Republican State Convention in Nevada and as chairman of the Republican Central Committee.
Green, a Weed native, is in customer service, and wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, Reverend Jessie O. Green, the first African American Weed City Councilor in the 1960s.
Hall is a retired nurse who has been on the Weed City Council since 2008. He’s a Weed Pride volunteer and wants to be reelected to continue community service projects.
Sutton, a retired post office worker, said he’d like to serve one more term to wrap up “unfinished business” and bring stability to the council.
Sutton was first elected to the Weed City Council in 2000 and is looking to serve a fourth term. A Navy veteran, a retired truck driver and a retired postal worker, Sutton said he wants to remain on the council to wrap up “unfinished business.”
“I’m pro-growth with both business and residential projects,” Sutton said. “We’ve got to keep people working.”
Sutton said his favorite thing about Weed is the small community spirit.
“A friend who was visiting said it best,” Sutton said. “When you drive through town, everyone waves at each other.”
Sutton said he brings experience, consistency and stability to the council, as well as work ethics and trustworthiness.
“I don’t call in sick, and I do my homework,” Sutton said. “I come prepared with decisions, but at the same time, I’m open-minded, so my decisions can be changed.”
Sutton also believes his experience in the military and with big business (like the Post Office) is an asset to the council.
“Also, as a letter carrier for 12 or 13 years, I know people, and they know me... they ask me about things, and if I don’t know the answer, I find out and get back to them.”
Sutton said library funding, securing a water source for the city and budgeting are the most important issues the councilors will be faced with in coming years, and he’d like to be a part of the decision making process.
Hall, a retired nurse, was first elected to the Weed City Council in 2008. Since his election four years ago, Hall said he’s been proud of the Weed Revitalization Project and the coming together of the community to get the railroad tracks near the Weed Mercantile fixed.
A resident of Weed since 1968, Hall said his favorite thing about Weed is the ethnic diversity. He’s a member of Weed Pride and can often be seen volunteering for the Main Street paving project. He has coached youth baseball for 38 years.
If reelected, Hall said his goals will include continuing the downtown revitalization effort and continuing to build a positive relationship with Roseburg to become stronger community partners.
Hall said he wants to ensure members of the community feel comfortable and welcome at city meetings, not only to voice their own problems but also to contribute to any and all city issues.
“People don’t feel like it’s theirs, but it’s actually their city hall,” he said.
Hall said he’s very satisfied with the recent hire of new city administrator Ron Stock, who has done a fantastic job.
Hall said one of his strengths is his ability to bring people together and be inclusive.
In Hall’s opinion, the major issues the council will be facing in the next four years include budgeting, finding a secure water source for the city and connecting the already vibrant South Weed area with the downtown area.
“We need to get some of those people onto Main Street and into downtown,” Hall said.
Stacey R. Green
Green, a Weed native, said he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps. His dad, the late Reverend Jessie O. Green, was the first African American Weed City Councilor in the 1960s.
“My father passed away in 2008, and I think he’s looking down and blessing this process,” said Green, a 1980 Weed High School graduate.
He received an AA in music at College of the Siskiyous in 1983, then moved to San Jose, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts at San Jose University. He also did coursework in the Human Resources Management program with Golden Gate University, with additional training in leadership, counseling and diversity practices and programs.
Green moved back to Weed in 2010 to help care for his mother, K.L. Green.
He is a licensed ordained minister and currently works in sales and customer service.
“My background as a trained Human Resources professional, an ordained minister, and sales professional speak to my profound and keen interest in being positive, a good listener, and a communicator to different types of audiences,” Green said.
He said he sees “a gap” in resources, events and activities for senior adults and youth. He also feels the city needs to find ways to keep shoppers in town.
Green said his main strength is his ability to listen and communicate. He hopes to represent all the people of Weed and do the right thing for everyone
Green said he’s talked to many people, and some of the main challenges he’s heard about include a lack of resources and a lack of available jobs. If elected, Green said he’d like to make downtown businesses more affordable, both to operate and for shoppers. He’d also like to continue the downtown revitalization project.
Green said he’s a “proud Democrat,” however, he is an advocate of working together and “doing what’s right for the situation.”
His favorite thing about Weed is the old hometown feeling, Green said. In his work at The Weed Store, “visitors say they can feel it, that welcome feeling,” said Green. “I want to extend that to everyone that lives here, too.”
Grossman has been a Weed resident since 2003. He’s been the pastor of the Church of the Nazarene and also serves as the Weed Police Department chaplain. He has been married to his wife, Julie, for 40 years, and they have two children.
Grossman served in the Vietnam war as a military policeman with the Army. He served on the student council while in college and was the editor of the student paper. He has also served as a delegate to the Republican State Convention in Nevada and served as chairman of the Republican Central Committee for a number of years.
“I think it’s an obligation of every American, especially every property owner to serve his country in some way,” Grossman said. “It’s our duty!”
Grossman said his main priority if elected is to be fiscally conservative.
“Weed is one of the few cities that haven’t had to lay off staff,” Grossman said. “That’s because they’ve been conservative... I want to retain that mentality and not spend money we don’t have.”
He also said he wants to work to make Weed a city that is attractive to new businesses. “I will do all I can to accomplish that,” he said.
Grossman said the people are his favorite thing about Weed.
“I have wonderful friends... in my circle of influence, I have friends that are conservative, and some that are liberal.... they all believe in me. They trust me to do the right thing. They may not agree with me 100 percent of the time, but they all know I will do my best to do what’s right and represent their interests.”
Grossman said one of his strengths is being able to disagree with someone without being disagreeable.
“I want to serve on the Weed City Council because I want this city to be all it can be for my family and for everyone else that lives here,” Grossman said.