The Linn County General Municipal Elections are Tuesday, April 3.

This election preview highlights the candidates for Laclede Alderman

Ed Evans

What do you want the people of Laclede to know about why you're running for Laclede alderman?

I was born and raised in Laclede and lived here until I was 25 years old. I was on the Laclede City Council prior to leaving Laclede for a job transfer. Another job transfer brought me back to Laclede about three years ago. I have worked for the past 37 years in the banking industry and have experience in working with people, reading financial balance sheets and cash flows. I believe that the City of Laclede needs strong leadership to be able to handle the upcoming sewer work, work on infrastructure improvements and City finances. I feel that I have the City of Laclede’s best interests in mind and will work to improve our community in any way I can.

What will be your first duty as alderman?

I believe that my first duty will be to listen and communicate effectively. There are a number of issues that the City of Laclede is facing. One of them is upgrading our sewer system to meet DNR standards. We need to focus our energy on becoming compliant with all regulations to keep our City in compliance while also being financially responsible.

What experience do you have that best qualifies you for alderman?

I have worked with the public for the past 37 years and have learned to be able to communicate and work with most types of personalities. I have also worked in the financial field for the past 37 years also and know how to read balance sheets and profit and loss statements. I have worked with various State and Federal Agencies with different programs and I feel that we need to work with these agencies to better our community.

What do you think the biggest challenge will be?

Being able to improve the infrastructure of Laclede and stay within the budget that we have.


Doug Pekelder

What do you want the people of Laclede to know about why you're running for Laclede alderman?

I am running for reelection because of the several projects that are currently in progress. The street project is not finished yet. The goal is to make the streets asphalt ready so that when we get the money to pave them, and it will cost us less to have them completed than it will if it all has to be done by a contractor. The sewer system project is not a short term solution, the Department on Natural Resources keeps raising the bar on our outflow water to the point where we will not be able to comply with their regulations within the next few years and it’s going to take at least 10 years to get the system to the point where we won’t have to worry about DNR coming in and taking over the sewer system. The housing demolition grant is taking longer than expected to be done, we are close enough to get it completed by next April.

What will be your first duty as alderman?

I will continue to be the volunteer grader operator, at least until our city employee Philip Woodward feels confident enough to take over the responsibilities of the grader. I will help him in any way he needs. I want what’s best for the city of Laclede, and what’s best for the people of Laclede.

Why do you feel you are the best fit for the job?

Currently I am available for whatever needs to be done. I’m retired and I am willing to help out with improvements.

What experience do you have that best qualifies you for alderman?

I’ve been a union official in the past. I have meeting experience. I can weigh the requests of the people versus the needs of the city and come to a point that satisfies both.

What do you think the biggest challenge will be?

The biggest challenge will be getting the support of the people to do what’s best for the city.

As an incumbent what has been your biggest accomplishment since being elected?

My biggest accomplishment has been to help make the decision to purchase the grader and then actually work on the streets of Laclede to alleviate the problem of potholes. An example is Pershing drive in front of the park, we removed at least 30 truck loads of material from the surface of that area due to half-hearted attempts to resurface it in the past.

 

Efforts were made by the Linn County Leader to reach out to all candidates running Laclede Alderman. Larry Peak declined to participate.