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Merriam Council Ward 3

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  • Amy D. Carey
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    Bruce Kaldahl
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Biographical Information

1. What do you believe are the three critical projects or initiatives that will move your city/district forward?

2. What skills, expertise, or competencies qualify you for this position?

3. What specific actions should your city take or continue to insure affordable housing is available?

4. Shawnee, Olathe, Lenexa, Overland Park candidates: Should your city adopt a non-discrimination ordinance that provides legal protections for LGBTQ+ individuals?

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Personal Biography Married to Susan Kaldahl - 38 years Father of three, grandfather of seven Employed by Hallmark Cards, 1979 to present Homeowner in Merriam for 8 years Johnson County resident for 32 years
Campaign Address 7210 mastin street
Campaign Phone (913) 708-3043
Campaign Email kckaldahl@yahoo.com
Education University of Nebraska, BS-Business Administration
Community/Public Service “HopeBUILDERS-KC” Home Repair volunteer, helping elderly and disabled age in place. Church leadership, Bible study leader, various boards
Address 7210 Mastin street
Web Site facebook: @KaldahlForCouncil
CampaignPhone 9137083043
Champaign Phone (913) 708-3043
1. Budget/Spending discipline. 51% of Merriam’s budget is based on sales tax, much of that is from auto sales. We need to be prepared for both a turn down of the economy and the potential impact of the “Dark Store” valuation of commercial property. Either, or both, of these issues could have a significant impact on our collection of sales tax. 2. We have a new Community Center opening next year that needs to be staffed and programmed appropriately. And we need to figure out what to do with the old Community Center that serves our community in a cost effective manner. 3. Maintain the momentum. Merriam is a great place to live. Our parks and neighborhoods are clean and well maintained. Streets, curbs, street lights, sidewalks and infrastructure are being maintained and improved. We will soon be getting a new library. Public Safety is a priority - as evidence in our police force and fire protection. We need to keep up the good work.
Independent decision making. I have great admiration for the work of the current and past city councils and I will bring new thoughts and perspectives to the council. This is my first time running for a civic office, so I have a lot to learn. Through the years I have spent significant time on various boards, including two years as president of our HOA. I understand the process for good governance. Merriam is a great community, it is my turn to lead.
Two things: 1. Continue to manage the city budget so that we can keep property taxes as low as possible. 2. Support developments such as the Switzer Senior Vilas that are planning for 71st and Switzer.
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