By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
asteroid strikes or an armed takeover of the city of Trenton, David Raines
looks good to be the town’s next streets commissioner: The incumbent, Greg Houts, stepped down at
the city commission’s last monthly meeting, and as of the end of qualifying on
Aug. 29, Raines was the only candidate to step up and fill in his
commissioner slot had not been up for election this year, but three other
commission seats were, so a special election to fill Houts’ unexpired term has
been appended to the regular city election on Nov. 5.
Raines’ face is
a familiar one to many auto owners as the proprietor of Trenton Tire. Lucretia Houts, city clerk, says it is also a
familiar face on the city commission: Raines has previously served not only as
Trenton’s streets commissioner but also as its police commissioner. When?
said Ms. Houts. “He served back in the ‘70s and then again some in the ‘80s.”
herself will be before the voters this November: The city clerkship, the only
full-time position on the commission, is an elected post. But like Raines, Ms.
Houts looks like a shoo-in, with no one offering to challenge her for the
position she has held since 1989.
Recreation Commissioner Terry Powell, who was appointed in February to finish
the unexpired term of Chuck Cannon, did choose to seek election to stay in that
position for the next four years, but he will face a contender. Holly E. Moore
has thrown her name in the hat to run against him.
Police Commissioner Sandra Gray – this is her 17th year on the job – also has
opposition. Tim Riddle will run against
begins Oct. 15.