In 2008, District 7 councilwoman KC Crosbie received this paper's endorsement based on the strength of her diligent efforts to improve the quality of life in District 7 neighborhoods from Woodhill to Andover.
This year, she also deserves re-election, primarily because she is becoming a strong voice on the council for public accountability, fiscal responsibility and more efficient and effective government operations.
Her persistence in demanding answers — along with the city administration's stonewalling — ultimately led to investigations by the council and state auditor into alleged fraud in insurance purchasing.
While no fraud was discovered, the state auditor revealed serious problems in city purchasing and how it handles employees reporting wrongdoing. That impacts the bottom line: getting the best price for taxpayers and avoiding costly whistle-blower lawsuits.
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The council and the administration now plan to address those issues.
Crosbie, a homemaker and community volunteer, also pulled together various government agencies to toughen scrutiny of and fines for property owners, many of them out-of-state, with empty and neglected property across the city.
While we do not agree with all her stands, Crosbie has shown more of a willingness to work with others on the council to find compromises.
Two years ago, we asked her to make a bigger contribution in deciding the direction of the city as a whole. She has done just that, all the while working with neighborhood groups on safety, traffic and recreational needs.
Chris Logan, a pastor of Highpoint Church, is challenging Crosbie for the second time. Logan, who garnered 44 percent of the vote in 2008, has improved his grasp of city issues and impresses as someone who genuinely wants to serve his hometown.
But it's hard to justify replacing Crosbie right when she is developing into a real watchdog for citizens.
The unendorsed candidate may submit a 250-word response by noon Monday.