A reader asked The State Journal about the political affiliations of the four directors of the Frankfort Plant Board after Mayor Bill May chose Jeff Bradshaw to fill the municipal utility’s vacant fifth, citing Bradshaw’s status as a registered independent as a “deciding factor” in his nomination.
All four of the other directors are Democrats.
May told The State Journal in January that he nominated Bradshaw, a technical director of geospatial technology company GeoMechanique, in part for his independent political affiliation. He also cited Bradshaw’s background as a Geographic Information Systems professional.
“Another thing is because Jeff is a registered independent, that was also another deciding factor,” May said. “That’s one of the things I like about Jeff. I like to have a broad spectrum of viewpoints on all my boards.”
Bradshaw was confirmed by city commissioners on Friday in a 3-2 vote. May had previously nominated Bradshaw last year for a vacant spot on the board, but city commissioners rejected him.
The State Journal filed an open records request with the Franklin County Clerk’s office for the party registrations of the board’s other members — Dawn Hale, Stephen A. Mason, Anna Marie Pavlik Rosen and Walt Baldwin. According to their voter registration cards, all four are registered Democrats.
May has nominated all current FPB directors. He said their “party affiliation was not a factor” in his decisions, as he does for all board nominations. May said the only board that has a party affiliation requirement is the Housing Authority board, which requires two Democrats and two Republicans.
”I always tell people that I do government. I don’t do politics,” May said.