Waynesville candidates for City Council answer some questions.

There aren't many contested races this election season, however there were a couple in Waynesville.


Why serve as an alderman?  Check out the candidates and their opponents and see why they want to serve the City of Waynesville.


 Alfreda Dupont is  running against Clarence Liberty (Ward 2)  Alan Clark will be running against Sean Wilson, Ward 3.  Alan and Alfreda are currently serving on the Waynesville City Council, for their prospective wards.  The position is a volunteer position and each candidate was given the same questions.


The instructions were to answer them in 200 words or less for each question. Candidates were informed that the Daily Guide woul NOT be editing answers in any way. What is written is exactly how the candidate wrote it. Candidates were also asked to provide a photo to run along with their answers. Here is how they answered:

Alfreda Dupont,
Ward 2, City Council


Briefly describe your background, including education, current employment and work experience, voluntarism, public service and family.
My family and I moved into the Waynesville community in 1995 and we truly enjoyed the community and have called it our home from that point forward.  With the exception of a one year tour to Fort Leavenworth, KS and a tour to Germany from 2004 to 2007, we have happily rejoined the community to this day.  I am originally from Atlanta, GA but as a military spouse have ventured to several locations.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbus University outside of Fort Benning, GA and Master’s dual degree in Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University.  I currently work for the Department of the Army on Fort Leonard Wood as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the Mission Installation Contracting Command. I am also a fitness business owner and fitness instructor in the Waynesville and Fort Leonard Wood Community.  I am very passionate about helping others achieve their fitness goals to live a healthier life style.  I am very involved in our church community, volunteering in several positions and find it extreme joyful in assisting the community through our outreach programs. I also had my first opportunity to serve as a judges for the Miss Ozark Teen Competition held in Rolla, MO this past year. What an honor!


Why are you running for this office?
I am running for this office because I know I can make a difference.  I am very involved in our community and I bring diverse views and perspectives.  The community has great potential and can continue to be on the cutting edge of development and growth for our current and future residents if we continue to use our funding wisely and plan our future.  My mission in this office will be to assist in that development and progress for our community.  I welcome developmental change and advancement, I will work hard looking for opportunities to support the community and the citizens in their effort to keep Waynesville a community people want to call home for a lifetime.


  How do you differ from your opponents?
I am currently serving as a member of the City Council and have established a positive rapport with the other Council members, the Mayor and local community.  I am confident that I have earned the respect of others through my candid, honest, and clear communication style.  Because I am very focused and driven, as a result, all things I am involved in get my dedicated attention.  I do not take matters for granted or make assumptions that matters will be taken care of by others.  I am always willing to assist in the development or implementation of a plan or process to make our community better.  We are directly responsible for our community and I take this role seriously and unselfishly.  I have direct knowledge of many of the current issues, projects and future endeavors of the city and am currently working to make improvements within this community.


   What do you bring to the table that makes you the best person for the job?
I bring a very diverse background to this position.  I am a very detailed and goal oriented problem solver.  I bring a lifetime of experiences as a working woman, military spouse, and mother who has had the opportunity to live in many communities and recognize the value of a diverse community with a strong economic base.  My time in these different locations have enlightened me to some opportunities we could possibly bring to our community to enhance our life experiences.  I am a new business owner and am fully vested in this community and enjoy calling Waynesville home.  I bring the lifelong learner attitude focused not only on my personal development but also how I can assist others in their personal advancement.


   What do you think are the major issues facing Waynesville?
The major issues facing Waynesville are the need for continued economic development and providing recreational resources to adults and families in the community.    
 What, if any, improvements or changes need to be made in Waynesville?
Bringing in more restaurants and family recreational facilities like bowling alleys, full-size gymnasiums, walking and biking trails, indoor/outdoor swimming facility, indoor soccer facility would improve this community.  These types of facilities will not only bring economic growth to the community it will also make our community and surrounding communities healthier and stronger.  


Final thoughts?
I have served this community, my home, with great honor and pride.  If elected I will continue to do the same.

Clarence Liberty,
Ward 2, City Council


Briefly describe your background, including education, current employment and work experience, voluntarism, public service and family.
Hello, my name is Clarence Liberty. I hope you will spend a small amount of your time reading this article and the information within it. City elections are approaching us quickly and I am a candidate for City Council, Ward Two. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself and ask for your vote on April 4th.     

I have lived in our wonderful community for nineteen years. My wife, Teresa and I raised our two children Kevin and Miranda here, and we have planted our family roots here. I retired from the United States Army, United States Army Reserve and Alaska Army National Guard as a First Sergeant, then served the citizens of our town for 14 years in the police department. I recently retired from the Waynesville Police Department as the Assistant Chief of Police. Since my retirement, I continue to assist the police department in numerous areas including fundraising to support our police canine unit, Special Olympics Missouri, Shop with a Cop, MDA and I remain active in issues affecting our community. My dedication to Special Olympics Missouri Torch Run and Shop with a Cop started in my early years at the Waynesville Police Department, and continue to this day.  I have an Associate degree in Law Enforcement and a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice (cum laude).


I am trained in Hazardous Material awareness level No. 02-971.Hazardous Material Operations Level No. 02-810.


I am also trained in a multitude of FEMA Emergency Management Institute Courses
I have trained in Emergency Management areas so that I am prepared if there were ever an emergency.


Why are you running for this office?
I am running for City Council because I see the need for commitment, knowledge, leadership and I have the desire to serve the community as well. I am aware of the needs of the citizens of Waynesville and city employees. During my 19 years of residency in Waynesville and 14 years within the Police Department I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy visiting with everyone in our community and have developed many meaningful friendships with citizens as well as city employees. I am definitely a people person and am blessed with a servant’s heart. I genuinely care about the people of our city and the issues affecting them. I truly love our local businesses and visit with them as much as I can, if you haven’t stopped by or haven’t in a while go ahead and drop by even if it’s only to say hello.


How do you differ from your opponents?
Not answered


What do you bring to the table that makes you the best person for the job?
I feel that my extensive training, both military and law enforcement has prepared me with the leadership skills for both everyday business and the ability to lead in emergencies, and my relationships throughout the city are only a few qualities that make me qualified to be a councilman on our City Council. My experience within Law Enforcement, particularly the Waynesville Police Department has prepared me to be an excellent leader, emergency responder.


What do you think are the major issues facing Waynesville?
One of the major issues affecting the City of Waynesville is that we need to attract businesses that will bring us tax dollars and more importantly, bring in more jobs.


What, if any, improvements or changes need to be made in Waynesville?
Waynesville is a city so rich in history and always developing events designed to bring our community and families closer together. Our park, and Roubidoux Spring National Historic Trail are absolutely wonderful to enjoy the great outdoors and is just a fraction of what our beautiful community have to offer. Also, there are a plethora of great neighborhoods that offer a safe environment to raise a family and the Waynesville School District has many educational opportunities for our children.


We need to control ordinances and other matters that impact the cost of living of our citizens and cost to development. Limit proposed ventures that require expenditures of tax paying residence to purchase infrastructure that is not in the city limits without those residence area’s annexing in the city.


We must be open and vigilant in seeking residence input for any and all proposals that will have an immediate effect on our residence and business owners financially.
Serving as a City Councilman should not be taken lightly, it is a commitment to the citizens of their ward and city. There must be  an open line of communication with all.

 I will work with fellow council member’s, my votes will be based on what is good for the citizens of my ward.


Final thoughts?
In closing, I humbly ask you to give me the privilege and honor to continue serving our community that I care so much about. I know that I have the experience, dedication and the background to effectively serve the citizens of Ward 2 and ultimately our city. I would like to add, I am not a transplant, I’m not moving away. I am ready and committed to be your voice. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this and I humbly ask for your vote on April 4th, 2017.

Alan Clark ,
Ward 3, City Council


Briefly describe your background, including education, current employment and work experience, voluntarism, public service and family.
I was born in Fremont, Nebraska in 1958, and graduated from Millard High School in Omaha Nebraska in 1976. I joined the United States Marine Corps after graduation, where my primary military occupational specialty was as an Engineer. I was stationed at various duty assignments in the U.S. and overseas until my retirement in 1998 while stationed aboard Ft. Leonard Wood after 20 years of service. I have specialized education and training in technical engineering, land management, comprehensive planning, building code enforcement, and management. I am the General Manager for Biodegradable Food Service, LLC & Earth-To-Go, Inc. where I am responsible for managing all international and domestic manufacturing operations, oversee all financial and logistics operations, and development of new marketing strategies and concepts. I previously served as Ward 2 Councilman from 2006 to 2009, and have currently served on the City Council in Ward 3 since 2015. Boards and Committees that I have served on included; Wage & Finance, Planning & Zoning, Police, Roads & Grounds, Utilities, and Economic Development to name a few. My wife Pamela and I have been married for 18 years, and to this day she is the joy and love of my life.


Why are you running for this office?
I enjoy serving the sole interests of our residents of Waynesville, and helping in any way I can to promote the viability of our community through sustainable growth and improving the quality of life for our residents is my only desire. Public service is to be a benefit to the community, and not self-serving to individual interests or any possible gain through public exposure or grandstanding. I have been blessed to remain grounded and humble in the belief that taking care of the needs of others comes before those of any special interests or “cliques”. Serving the residents of our Community with honesty and integrity is one that I take critically seriously, and working with my fellow Council members and City staff to that end is paramount.


 How do you differ from your opponents?
I differ from Mr. Wilson in very simple terms. We both live in different areas of Ward 3, and have differing backgrounds that bring proactive ideas and a desire to serving not only the residents of Ward 3, but the entire citizenry of the City of Waynesville. Both Mr. Wilson and I have one common desire, and that is to serve the residents of Waynesville. I believe we both have more in common then what we have that may differ.


What do you bring to the table that makes you the best person for the job?
I have always had an aversion to making statements or claims that I am better at anything than anyone else. Each of us have a different set of skills sets, backgrounds and experiences that serve as nothing but a potential benefit to the community and the residents we would hope to serve. My background in community planning, engineering, land use planning, and budgetary planning has served me well in providing feedback to the Committees to which I have been assigned, and the City Council that I was elected to serve on. I have an understanding of the inner-workings of City Government from my past experiences, which allows me to know what pointed questions need to be asked for clarity in the decision making process even if it means being the unpopular 600 pound gorilla in the room.


What do you think are the major issues facing Waynesville?
First and foremost, is attracting new sustainable economic growth and development to the City of Waynesville that will promote job growth and opportunities for our residents who are either unemployed or under employed. The constant specter of BRAC continues to have a detrimental effect on the City’s ability to promote and attract new business ventures that would make that goal a reality. Continued improvements of the City’s infrastructure within existing residential neighborhoods of Waynesville, as well as new improvements that are necessary to support the growth of new businesses and residential developments is a continual endeavor that requires diligent planning and prudent investment of the tax payers dollars.


What, if any, improvements or changes need to be made in Waynesville?
Aggressively seeking public input on any potential new regulations or proposals that are being considered by the City of Waynesville that would have a financial impact on the residents, and commercial and residential developers. Local government regulation can have a more immediate impact on the residents of the community, and taking the extra effort to solicit the community’s feedback in any and all matters that would affect them financially does nothing more than help in fully informing and educating the public on the necessity of those proposals.


Final thoughts?
I have enjoyed my last two years of service to the residents of Ward 3, and the residents of Waynesville as a collective whole. Working on behalf of their interests has been an honor and privilege that will stay with me long after my service to them has ended. The Council that I now serve with are decent and honorable servants to the public, and if the residents of Ward 3 choose a new representative in Mr. Wilson I will be honored to have him as my representative because he is a community minded individual who retains those same honorable qualities of integrity and public service.

Sean Wilson ,
Ward 3, City Council


Briefly describe your background, including education, current employment and work experience, voluntarism, public service and family.
Sean Wilson is a husband, father, retired Army veteran, a published author and community servant leader.  He has graduated from Liberty University with His Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary studies and in the process of completing his BA in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Christian Counseling.  He is well integrated in our community and has been for some time now.  Currently he serves as an Associate Chaplain with Days of Hope, a member of the Waynesville City Park Board, the Chair of the Pulaski County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD), The Committee Chair of the Military and Government Affairs Committee, an active member of the Leadership Pulaski County Alumni Program and graduate of Class 4, Choices Presenter, an instructor with the Waynesville/Saint Robert Chamber of Commerce's Young Professional Conference (YPC), and he is also a Servant Leader in a local Ministry.  I have recently volunteered to help fulfill another need in the community for our population who are over the age of 55.  I will be a driver’s safety instructor for the AARP organization.   Sean is married to his wife Janice and they have two children Sean II and Anihya.


Why are you running for this office?
I’m running for City Council of Ward III to help my community in a greater capacity and to assist my fellow city council men and women.  I believe that many people may want change but, very few will do what it takes to create change.  I’m not afraid to put my hands to the plow and will do what it takes to serve the people of this great community.

How do you differ from your opponents?
 I will say this; Mr. Clark and I have a few things in common.  We both have a desire to see the community excel, we are both willing to volunteer without pay to ensure our community, the voice of the people is heard and we have both served our country honorably.


What do you bring to the table that makes you the best person for the job?
I bring enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism, innovation, participation, humility and a team player mentality.   Lastly, I love and respect the people of the community and have already looked and ways to improve the quality of life for all ages.


What do you think are the major issues facing Waynesville?
I would like to say the top three issues as it relates to the people are economic development and growth, transportation and our continued fight against the drug problem.


What, if any, improvements or changes need to be made to the county?
I believe the county is moving in the right direction but we always want to improve our roads and the safety of our constituents throughout.  Communication is the key to building a successful community.


Final thoughts?
I’m excited about the opportunity to compete for Ward III with the possibility of working with Mayor Luge Hardman, the Waynesville Staff.   I will promise one thing and that is, I will be the voice of my constituents within Ward III.  I realize I am volunteering to work for the people and working as part of a collective team of men and women who seek to improve, develop, and serve this great community.  If you vote for me your voice will be my agenda.  “It’s my Job to Serve”