Shortly after the May 3rd primary for the upcoming city election, each candidate in contested races on the June 6th New Albany general election ballot received an identical questionnaire from NAnewsweb.com. Each was asked to answer four questions. These are the responses in the candidates’ own words. The responses being posted today are the ones of the two candidates for First Ward Alderman. Those for Alderman at Large and Mayor will be posted during the next two days.
- What would you like our readers to know about your family, your residency in New Albany and your education?
- Would you tell us about the career you have pursued to earn a living?
- Why are you running for the office you seek, and, if elected, what do you hope to achieve during your four-year term of service?
- What do you believe are the top challenges New Albany faces in the future?
What would you like our readers to know about your family, your residency in New Albany and you?
I am married to Laura Dunnam, we have three exceptional children, Bryan, Miller and Elise. My parents are Allen and Lavon Dunnam and my brother is the late Randy Dunnam. I have lived in New Albany all of my 50 years.
Would you tell us about the career you have pursued to earn a living?
I followed my passion and started my construction company 21 years ago. After living in and working on older homes, I eventually realized my true passion was restoring older houses and buildings. Each one has a story and I want them to still be around for future generations to enjoy.
Why are you running for the office you seek, and, if elected, what do you hope to achieve during your four-year term of service?
I am running for Ward 1 Alderman so I can continue what I began eight years ago, change for the better. I spearheaded the Landlord Ordinance and Building Regulations and worked along with the board to ensure fair and impartial enforcement. My goal for the next four years is to move forward with planning and financing for upgrades to our water, waste water, storm drain and roadway system. I am already working on these issues along with parking, traffic flow, biking and pedestrian ways.
What do you believe are the top challenges New Albany faces in the future?
One challenge that I see is the lack of interest in local government and the many committees that make a direct impact on how our city progresses, and I would like to say thank you to all who have and are serving on one of these committees.
Alderman at large and mayoral candidates’ posts to follow.
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