The relatively crowded field for the Prairie Village Ward V council seat being vacated by Charles Clark got even more so Thursday night — and residents who followed the development of the Mission Chateau issue are likely to recognize the newest candidate’s name.
Marc Baratta, who lives near the Mission Valley middle school site, announced he will seek the seat in a press release, saying he was committed to “representing the best interests of the citizens not only in his Ward but the entire City.”
Baratta was an outspoken critic of the Mission Chateau proposal early in the process, speaking at community meetings of his concern that the large facility would hurt property values. He signed the first protest petition against the proposal, and then signed the second before requesting that his name be removed — a move that ultimately caused the petition to fall short of the signatures it needed to necessitate a supermajority threshold at the council level.
In the public comments on Jan. 6 prior to the city council’s 7-6 approving the plan, Baratta took to the podium, telling the audience that any rumors that he had accepted any considerations in exchange for removing his name from the petition were false and “bordering on slanderous.” He told the crowd he and his wife removed their names because they “thought it was the right thing to do.”
Baratta tells PVPost.com a desire to make the city attractive to young families is at the heart of his run.
“As a city, we need to keep this influx of families moving into the city as they represent the next generation of Prairie Village,” Baratta said. “There has been a misconception that PV is a retirement community, and I believe that couldn’t be further from the truth… We need to change this perception as soon as possible.”
Baratta, 35, is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Baker University of and works in industrial sales. He has lived in Ward V for two years. He and his wife Sally have two daughters, and the couple are expecting a third child.
Baratta has started a Twitter account for his campaign at @BarattaforPV.