A Parsons City Commission candidate is planning a get-out-the-vote event for this weekend.
Sontana “Tana” Johnson received permission from the city commission to use Glenwood Park for the event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Ross Albertini, city attorney, said the event also will include campaigning, but he saw nothing wrong with a city commission candidate using public property. He pointed to political candidates using the annual Katy Days festival at Forest Park for campaigning as well as the city renting out the Municipal Building basement for county political party events, including election rallies.
Mayor Bill Hogelin noted that other city commission candidates could attend the event as well.
Johnson is one of 10 candidates vying for three seats on the commission, with only one incumbent, Kevin Cruse, on the ticket. A primary election on Aug. 6 will cut the number of candidates down to six for the Nov. 5 general election.
Johnson said there will be a fried chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Albertini said that is the fundraiser he spoke about. From 4 to 6 p.m., the public can speak about things they want to see changed in the community. At 6 p.m. Leavenworth Mayor Jermaine Wilson, who founded the Unity in the Community Movement, will speak.
“He has a very good story to tell. It’s just basically showing you that no matter what past you had — whatever you’ve done in your past — that you’re able to make changes in your life and become somebody, not just somebody, but somebody spectacular in the community. He became a mayor coming from an ex-convict, so everything is possible,” Johnson said.
Johnson said the event also will include voter registration booths. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Tuesday.