Garry L. Duhadway Sr., who was a former alderman on the Doolittle Board of Aldermen, is challenging incumbent Sherry Piece for the Doolittle alderman seat in Ward 3 in Tuesday’s municipal election.
Both candidates were given questionnaires by The Rolla Daily News about why they are running, but only Duhadway responded as of press time. His answers are below:
1. Briefly describe your background, including education, work experience, organizations you are or have been involved in, previous public service experience, family or other related information.
Duhadway: “I have some high school education from Dixon.
I went into the Marine Corps in 1961 and retired after three tours of Vietnam. I worked for the City of Rolla sanitation department and am retired from there. Now I drive a school bus for Newburg and have been doing so for six years. I have lived out in this area for probably 21 years but in the actual city limits for 11 years. I was once an alderman in Doolittle. I have been a volunteer for about four or five years with the park in Newburg. My wife, Janice, and I have been married for about 22 years.”
2. Why are you running for this office?
Duhadway: “Up until the last four or five years, I never really had a chance to get involved. Since I’ve been out here, I have met a lot of people in this area and a lot are older like me. I just enjoy people and helping out.
I would like to be involved with my community if I could.”
3. What experiences or qualities do you possess that qualify you for this position?
Duhadway: “I am retired from the military, so I have leadership capabilities that I can rely upon. I have good people skills.”
4. How do you differ from your opponent?
Duhadway: “I don’t really know her (Pierce) that well, so I can’t voice an opinion one way or the other.”
5. What do you think are the most important issues facing the city of Doolittle?
Duhadway: “Probably the sewer system, which has been a point of contention. We have some people who haven’t paid their sewer bill and we’re not doing anything about getting that back. Also the roads, like Eisenhower Street.”
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6. What, if any, improvements or changes do you think could be made to the city of Doolittle?
Duhadway: “There are road and sewer issues. Also we should attract more businesses.”