Get to know Marceline City Council candidate Natalie Wellman.

1. Tell us a little about your background, what you believe qualifies you to serve, and why you chose to run for a seat on the Marceline City Council. How long have you lived in Marceline? If you weren’t born and raised in Marceline, what prompted you to relocate to Marceline?
   I grew up in Mexico Mo., attending Mexico High School. I graduated in 1994. After I graduated I pursued nursing as my career. In 2004 I married John Wellman and we have 4 children. I have become involved in every activity my children do. I’m active in our community as I volunteer coaching my children’s sports. I have coached basketball, baseball, soccer, and flag football. I have also volunteered my time working the concession stand for football games. I also volunteered my time working the Christmas for Kids celebration put on by the Marceline Police Dept in 2012. I am now a successful business owner in Marceline; I train and breed only champion Weimaraners and Labrabors; with clients all across the United States.
   Before my husband retired in May of 2012 as Assistant Chief of Police, I never had the opportunity to run for city council. I have chosen to run for city council because I have lived here for 9 years and have seen businesses come and go. I feel this town needs some new ideas to get this community to become more productive. I think highly of the schools that we have and the small town environment. I believe this town has the potential to be more; it just needs to be in the right direction.
2. Please name an issue or challenge you believe the City of Marceline needs to resolve. Why do you think it is so important to resolve this issue? How do you suggest that the City go about meeting this challenge, and how can you personally contribute to the resolution?  
Any city or town will face challenges. The most that I can do, or the city council can do as a whole, is work together to try and resolve the issues that come up. To also listen to what the citizens have to say and not to make the town feel that their concerns are not being heard. I believe that the city council, the city manager and any supervisor should make themselves available for any issue. If we are not, then why are we even here? I would encourage any resident to address any issues or come to council meetings to address their concerns. The one issue that weighs on the residents minds is the electric rates. We as the council need to come to a solution, whether it is with the current company or with another that best suits our needs. People in this town simply can’t afford higher rates.
3. What, in your opinion, are Marceline’s greatest resources? What can you do to, if you are elected to the City Council, to retain and build upon those resources?
I believe that our greatest resources are the children in this community, not just in the public school system but also in the children who attend the Catholic school. We need to do everything possible to make employment available for the young adults who want to work in their hometown.
 I fully support any program that benefits the well being of the youth in this community, such as the Christmas for Kids program, church programs, and the reinstatement of the D.A.R.E. program, that was first implemented by my husband John in the mid 1990’s of which he had a successful program not only at Marceline R-5 schools but at Father Mc Cartan as well.
4. Do you believe that as a Councilman or Councilwoman you should be able to retain a copy of the City Budget to refer to at your leisure? Why or why not?
Yes I do believe that there should be a copy of the budget given to each council member in order for them to retain. It is a public document. There needs to be a deadline made by the city council for when the budget is due to review. This way the council has time to process the information on how the city’s money is being used and if it is being used effectively. The city council works for the citizens of Marceline; and the city manager works for the city council. The citizens of Marceline count on us to run the city so that they can continue to stay here and raise their family.