February 28, 2013

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Pam Ladd (Incumbent) | Age: 55

  • Occupation: Former owner, Custom Custodial
  • Website/Facebook: pamladd.com
  • I’m seeking reelection … “So that I can use my council experience to continue capital improvements in the district—especially including an expanded paving program citywide—and also to help resolve the main issues facing the city. Specifically, during my tenure on the council we obtained the title to the old Hixson Middle School and began converting it to a community center that has become very popular.”
  • Pulse Intern Rating: Accessibility: 6 | Responsiveness: 7 | Earnestness: 8 | Pleasant Eager to Talk: 8 | Perception: 7
  • Editor’s note: Ladd, while thoughtful effective, faces a real threat from Ken Smith. He’s young, media savvy and forward thinking.

Ken Smith | Age: 40

  • Occupation: Small-business owner for 10 years before becoming chief information officer for The Johnson Group, a local advertising agency
  • Website/Facebook: electkensmith.com
  • I’m running because …  “I believe my experience and background as a long-time businessman and an active civic leader will bring a fiscally conservative, common-sense approach to city council—one that is more community oriented, transparent and held accountable to the taxpayers and reflects the core values of our community.”
  • Pulse Intern Rating: Accessibility: 10 | Responsiveness: 9 | Earnestness: 8 | Pleasant/Eager to Talk: 8 | Perception: 9
  • My candidate of choice for District 3 (says our intern). Young, looking toward  the future and eager and willing to answer questions. Also, his wife’s name is Cinnamon.

—Pulse interns Gaby Dixon, Julia Sharp and Esan Swan contributed mightily to this project. The comments following their ratings are their own and do not reflect the opinion of The Pulse. The editor’s notes are his own opinions and do not reflect those of Brewer Media, but do reflect those of The Pulse.

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