Voters in Prairie Village’s first ward will have a contested election again this year. Incumbent Dale Warman will face his first challenge after being elected unopposed four years ago. Warman was appointed to the council in 2009.
Jori Nelson, who has been active in issues involving the city and council, also is running for the seat. The ward saw a contest two years ago when Ashley Weaver defeated incumbent Al Herrera for the other seat.
Nelson is a third grade teacher in the Shawnee Mission district and also has taught in the KCK schools. She has served in offices for the Prairie Village Homes Association, including president and vice president. Nelson has a bachelor’s from UMKC and a master’s degree from Kansas State University. She has two children who have gone through SM East schools.
Opposing a wireless tower in McCrum Park and advocating for a travel budget for city are two issues with which she has been involved. Nelson says she supports responsible development and residential due-process rights. Among her pledges: to be an independent voice; to respect Village Vision including enhancing green space; promote responsible growth; be a proponent for financial accountability and transparency in government; preserve the character of neighborhoods; advocate for schools; focus on innovation rather than taxation.
Warman retired as director of field operations for KCP&L after 42 years. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Park University with a bachelor’s in business administration. He has a long record of community involvement including board chair of the International Lineman’s Rodeo, past chair and board member of the Agriculture Hall of Fame, board of Lakeview Village Retirement Center, chair-elect of the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, board of Ridgeview Retirement Center, and the Mission Convention and Visitors Bureau Committee.
Warman is a volunteer at Youth Friends, the Interfaith Hospitality Network and an elder at Countryside Christian Church. He is past board chair at the Lenexa Chamber and past board member at the Shawnee Chamber.
In Prairie Village, Warman has served on the planning commission and as a reserve officer with the police department for 24 years. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-62. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren in the area.
Warman said he advocates ensuring the continued growth in Prairie Village, keeping in mind the “village lifestyle;” establishing better communications with residents by holding at least two meetings a year with homes associations to answer questions and explain ways to get information; maintaining the relationships with other elected officials in Johnson County cities, county government and state legislature.
Candidates still have until noon Tuesday to file for city offices.