Four individuals are running for two Leadington alderman spots.
Incumbent Casie Braddy has retained her position as alderman for the past eight years. Braddy has a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and attends Bismarck Church of God.
Braddy stated that over the last eight years, things in the city of Leadington have improved and there has been business growth in the city.
“My focus has always been addressing public concerns and protecting the rights and interest of residents and business owners,” said Braddy.
Braddy said it is a privilege to serve in the position and she desires to see continued improvement, business growth, and beautification in Leadington.
“I want to be a part of a team that represents residents’ best interests and support the city employees,” said Braddy.
Braddy said there is still much to be done in the city and she would like to see more of the city’s citizens get involved.
Alderman Gary McKinney grew up in Elvins and has lived in the community for 45 years, the last four years in Leadington. McKinney is a business owner and owns Keystone Villas, Keystone Land Company, and Keystone Florida Rentals.
McKinney was originally appointed to the board to finish a term left vacant by Brad Lucky and then was elected finish a one-year term.
“I would like to serve another term on the board because I believe that we have a good plan in place and I would like to be able to help carry things forward for the citizens of the city,” said McKinney.
McKinney said that with state statutes constantly changing regarding police departments and city courts, he’s looking forward to finding solutions to meet state guidelines as well as meet expectations of the city.
One of the things that McKinney said he would like to see is finding money in the budget to construct a new firehouse and police station.
“The biggest change I’m hoping to see in the next couple of years is the addition of a possible roundabout at Missouri 32 and Woodlawn Drive, improving access in and out of the plaza, and widening and repaving Woodlawn Drive.
Misty Dean has lived in the Leadington/Park Hills area for about 18 years. She has been married for 25 years and has one son who is 19 years old. Dean works for the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Dean previously served as an Alderman in Leadington from 2016-2018.
“I am running because I care of the citizens of Leadington,” said Dean, “I want to make sure the citizens’ voices are heard.”
Dean said it is her goal to make sure the fire department and police departments continue to excel so that citizens feel safe and protected.
“If elected, I will do my best to serve the citizens of Leadington,” said Dean.
Jennifer Parker has been a resident of Leadington for the past 10 years. Parker has previously served as an alderman and has also served as a member of the city’s planning and zoning committee. Parker said that she has nine children and six grandchildren.
“I am rooted in this community and would love to leave an impact on the city not just for our current generation but for the generations to come,” said Parker.
“Decisions that are made today will have an impact on our children’s future. Please come out on April 2 and vote for me, Jenny Parker, and together we can leave our city a little better off than we found it.”
Matt McFarland is a reporter for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616, or at email@example.com.