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Merriam Council Ward 3

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Amy D. Carey (N) Sterile Processing Manager

Biographical Information

Personal Biography I am a well respected patient care advocate in our community and I manage a department in a nearby hospital. I lead by example and I am a productive problem solver. I will be an advocate and will help find good solutions to issues that Merriam faces. I am running because I feel like I have been a voice that has been ignored, and I am ready to be the voice for Ward 3.
Campaign Phone (913) 515-7549
Campaign Email amy@amycareycares.com
Campaign Web Site http://amycareycares.com
Education Graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest Attended William Jewell and Allied School of Health
Community/Public Service I have sat on a curriculum advisory board for Allied School of Health and currently sit on a Unit Base of Distinction for nurses commitee and am on an entertainment committee in a smaller nearby town for their annual festival.
Champaign Phone (913) 515-7549

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

One, The first project and priority that need to be addressed, is the overwhelming disconnect that exists between our residents and current council. People have felt ignored and rightfully so. Our residents deserve to feel as if their voices are being heard. Our residents should come first! Two, Merriam must maintain its appeal. Public safety must remain a top priority. Our Public Works department is top notch as is our police department! We need to make sure that money from our CIP budget is spent on projects in which it was intended. Sidewalks, curbs, streets, lights, etc. should come before unwanted beautification projects. Three, I would like to see more financial responsibility. The amount of money being spent on projects that do not economically benefit us should come to a halt! I believe projects need to be looked at more closely, and residents should have more of an opportunity to get involved in what is happening in Merriam.

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

The skills that will allow me to lead ward 3 are as follows: I am an independent thinker and problem solver. I am always up for a challenge and when I find one, I go after it. I am an unbiased listener and I am prepared to listen to the concerns of our community. I serve as a patient care advocate and I manage a department in a hospital nearby. I currently sit on a Unit Based Distinction of Nursing committee and have previously sat on a college advisory committee for curriculum. I have strong leadership skills, an unstoppable energy, and the desire to do what is right for our citizens. I am looking forward to being Ward 3’s voice and I am ready to help lead Merriam into a better future!

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

Senseless spending must stop! We are currently wasting our money on beautification projects when we could potentially be helping others in our community. Wasteful spending needs to be controlled to aid in lowering property taxes.

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

Candidate has not yet responded.

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Bruce Kaldahl (N) Systems Specialist-Store Fixtures

Biographical Information

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Candidate has not yet responded.