The Tri-lakes Board of Realtors (TLBOR) Legislative Committee has determined which candidates they'll be endorsing in next months municipal elections. Following a political forum held by TLBOR a motion was passed to approve support for Eric Farris Branson Alderman Ward I and Ron Huff Branson Alderman Ward II.
After lengthy discussion TLBOR made a determination to support neither candidate in the Branson's mayoral race. In regards to the decision TLBOR president Nelba Lies issued the following statement," There are many good candidates and the choices are difficult. We have a limited amount of funds to contribute to the campaigns, and the Tri-LakesBoard of Realtors voted to do what we thought best for the future of the community."
On average, candidates were given ten minutes to answer questions regarding local issues affecting local real estate issues including opinions on how Branson's planning and zoning department conducts business. TLBOR's mission statement includes attention to ethical concerns and to, "protect the right to own, use, and transfer real property."
The forum was open to any realtor that wanted to attend. Committee Chairperson Anne Syminton was joined by members Duane and Kay Gerken, R Layne Morill, Kathy Clark and Mark Weisz. In addition to the TLBOR Legislative Committee members Branson Alderman Dick Gass and TLBOR President Nelba Lies were also in attendance.
TLBOR will contribute $325 to fund campaign efforts of selected candidates.
This article was written for the Branson Daily Independent several weeks ago. It's a straight endorsement article. I sat on it for a while. This isn't the type of article Branson papers usually cover. I think it's important and raises a couple of questions...mainly ... why.