Prairie Village’s Ward 6 will have a new face representing it on the council after the spring elections since incumbent David Belz chose not to run for another term.
Two candidates are running to replace Belz, Terrence Gallagher and Paul Gorelick. Both are long-time residents of the city.
Gallagher is an architect and has extensive community volunteer experience. He is chair of the Family Advisory Board at Children’s Mercy Hospital where he also sits on several committees. He is a director on the Parenting Children with Special Needs Board. An Eagle Scout, he is scoutmaster at St. Ann Parish and a Fourth Degree Knight at St. Ann Knights of Columbus.
Gallagher, a Prairie Village resident since 1995, was a member of the Village Vision Steering Committee in 2005-06. Among his goals, he includes: maintaining the ‘village atmosphere;” enhancing city services and public spaces; supporting a local business community that reflects the needs of our families; and practicing fiscal responsibility.
Gallagher has a bachelor’s from University of Detroit and a master’s degree from KU. He and his wife, Diane, have three daughters, including one with special needs.
Gorelick has lived in Prairie Village for 17 years, growing up in Johnson County. He is an accountant for several large benefit funds.
Gorelick lists the following goals:
Maintain and expand those qualities and characteristics of the Prairie Village personality that make this such a wonderful community. Our leaders worked hard on the Village Vision. We should use that as our guidepost.
Be forward thinking with a focus on accountability and fiscal responsibility for all of our citizens.