Alderman Aaron Thatcher faces challenger Nicholas Welliver to represent Ward 2 on the April 2 election.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Welliver said he likes Riverside “pretty much the way it is,” but thinks it’s important that the city watches what it spends its money on. Thatcher said while Riverside is in a growth mode that makes budget shortfalls unlikely, it’s important to make sustainable investments in the community.
The Riverside Board of Alderman meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The board is composed of three wards with two seats each and a mayor.
Address: 5018 N.W. Woodside Drive
Occupation: Sales consultant with Dimension Data, a global IT systems integrator.
Education: Master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University, Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology and business administration from Graceland University.
Public experience: Seeking his third term; elected in 2009 and 2011.
Stances: He said bringing jobs to the area continues to be his number one priority. He specifically mentioned encouraging the work on Horizons, a 260-acre development. He said the city needs to continue to invest in parks and trails, and he supports funding for the Jumping Branch and Lower Line Creek trails. If he’s re-elected, he said he will put added emphasis on bringing development along Gateway Avenue and Vivion Road.
Address: 3007 N.W. Florence
Occupation: Unemployed; formerly a substitute teacher and a teaching assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Education: Master’s degree in math from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; bachelors’ degrees in math and physics from Rockhurst University.
Public experience: N/A
Stances: He said his biggest motivation for running is to give people an option at the polls because he doesn’t like to see people run unopposed. He would like city services to stay at about the same level with streets being kept as clean as they are currently, and he would like to curb frivolous spending.