Challenger Lynn Berend is hoping to unseat Grain Valley Alderman Michael Scully, who has held the Ward 3 position for 16 years.
By KATHLEEN POINTER
Special to The Star
Both Berend and Scully want to fulfill the city's promise to finish up the Main Street Interchange Improvements Project. Construction began July 2012 and is expected to be finished by the end of this year, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation's website.
Both said they hope to see more growth accompanying the updated interchange.
Ward 3 is the most northern portion of Grain Valley. It also is represented by Alderman Robert Headley.
• Age: 53
• Address: 831 Valley Woods Drive
• Occupation: Works in manufacturing and maintenance for the Fike Corporation
• Education: Oak Grove High School
• Public experience: Grain Valley alderman 16 years, Park Board, 1985-1987
• Stances: His priorities are the budget, new growth and finishing the Main Street Interchange Improvements project. He would focus on continuing to support the city staff. If faced with a budget shortfall, he'd vote to cut back on new equipment and supplies. He added that while he doesn't want to raise taxes, the city is mostly limited to a city tax and a sales tax, so if it was necessary to raise a tax, it would be the city one.
• Age: 57
• Address: 1206 N.W. Golfview Drive
• Occupation: Retired, formerly worked in the transportation division of the Blue Springs School District
• Education: Associate's degree in business administration from American Continental University
• Public experience: None
• Stances: Her priorities are to keep taxes down, which she admitted is hard to do right now; bring more businesses to Grain Valley, and finish the Main Street interchange project. She said the biggest challenge is the interchange and bringing enough businesses to town to get residents to shop locally. She would like to see infrastructure improvements, specifically roads, water drainage and sidewalk additions.