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Parkville Board of Aldermen election, Ward 1

Updated: 2013-03-18T06:12:21Z


Special to The Star

Incumbent Diane Driver and challenger Nick Casale are both focused on the quality of life and maintaining the culture in this city of about 5,600 people.

Driver said one of her priorities is the city’s park system and Casale wants to work on beautifying the riverfront.

Parkville is divided into four wards. Ward 1 makes up much of the southern part of the city. Each ward has two representatives on the city council. The other Ward 1 alderman is Kari Lamer. The aldermen meet on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

The election is on April 2.

Diane Driver

Age: 56

Address: 904 Main St.

Occupation: Sales at GrassPad

Education: Bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of Wyoming

Public experience: Serving a two-year term as Ward 1 alderman; appointed to a three-year term on the Community land and Recreation Board 2008-2011

Stances: One of her priorities is maintaining the city’s emphasis on its park system. She said one of the challenges is to bring quality development to the I-435 Parkville area. She also said creating a better communication system for citizen input is on her radar. If faced with a budget shortfall, she’d look at using fees before raising taxes.

Nick Casale

Age: 64

Address: 606 East St.

Occupation: Associate publisher with Private Club Industry

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science and public administration from Park University

Public experience: N/A

Stances: He said he wants improved infrastructure and the beautification of the riverfront property in Parkville. If elected, his top priorities are promoting local businesses and developing a strong working relationship with city administration. A big challenge facing the city, he said, is continuing progressive growth while keeping up “Parkville tradition.”

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