Voters voice concerns over mayoral candidate
An upcoming election in a small town: what one candidate for the mayor of Calhan is saying might grab your attention.
When 11 News talked to candidate David Kline on the phone at first, he was pretty frank.
“I thought we had a fairy, so in plain English a f*****, a homosexual for a president, which I'm very much against,” Kline said.
“You don't think that would be offensive to voters for you to say that word?” 11 News anchor Dianne Derby asked.
“I would say it. If you knew me personally, you'd know I very much back the First Amendment,” Kline responded.
Kline says he decided to run for mayor of Calhan because he's not happy with the way the current mayor and trustees are running the city.
At a meet and greet Tuesday night, potential voters voiced their concerns about things he's said.
"Did you call a woman the 'n' word?” Dianne Derby asked.
“Yes I did,” Kline said.
In an in-person interview Tuesday, 11 News asked Kline if he thought using those kinds of words is appropriate for a public official.
“Not in the realm of your office or your duty. A lot of people don’t believe this or think it’s true, but I have a lot of very close friends who are Mexican and black. If you’re going to let things like that hurt you and destroy you, you’re in trouble,” Kline said.
"If you look at the First Amendment, it gives us that right to say what we want. Nowhere in the First Amendment does it guarantee someone's feelings won't get hurt,” Kline said.
Kline says he is an honest person and wants people to know where he stands.
"When you're on the job and you're in a position, there's times you have to bite your tongue and work through it. So there's a big difference between my personal way of handling things and my professional way of handling things,” Kline said.
“In just March of last year, you stated, 'Never trust a cop, they are not your friends. As a rule, they are the biggest crooks, not in jail and the largest liars you will ever meet.' How do you propose working with town hall when they are the ones who are going to support you and us,” one woman at the town hall asked Kline.
The current mayor, Cameron Chaussee, who is running against Kline, also had some words.
"You will never catch me saying one bad thing about any person who is a different sex than me, has a different sexual orientation of me or skin. What you did was wrong,” Chaussee said.
The Calhan Mayor position is unpaid.
The election is on April 3.