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Nov 7 Election
David is the only candidate to be endorsed by Mainstream Coalition in the Ward 4 City Council race.
Thanks primary voters who allowed me to move on to the General Election on November 7th. Please vote for David Neal again!
David needs your support again. It is critical to vote in the November 7 General Election.
Advance ballots can be requested now. Can submit request directly from phone. From computer, fill out & return PDF form via email.
If you would like to help the campaign in other ways, please let me know using the contact form below.
Aug. 1 Primary
David is the only candidate to be endorsed by Mainstream Coalition in the Ward 4 City Council race.
Thanks primary voters who allowed me to move on to the General Election on November 7th. Please vote for David Neal again!
David needs your support again. It is critical to vote in the November 7 General Election.
Advance ballots can be requested now.
If you would like to help the campaign in other ways, please let me know using the contact form below.
Irene B. French Community Center
ISSUE: Community Center

After the vote: fate of Irene French Center

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ISSUE: Community Center

The future of Merriam's Community Center will be decided by voters in Sept. I support construction of a new better configured facility. If it passes, the question left for the City Council is what to do with the Irene B. French Center...

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Irene B. French Community Center
ISSUE: Community Center

After the vote: fate of Irene French Center

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The future of Merriam's Community Center will be decided by voters in Sept. I support construction of a new better configured facility. If it passes, the question left for the City Council is what to do with the Irene B. French Center...

K-Mart redevelopment location
Economic Development

Guiding principals for granting incentives

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Economic Development

Tax Increment Financing theory says a portion of 'new tax revenues' can be used to pay some project costs. A hidden feature of Merriam's TIF districts can cause developers to receive extra benefits at the expense of residents...

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K-Mart redevelopment location
Economic Development

Guiding principals for granting incentives

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Tax Increment Financing theory says a portion of 'new tax revenues' can be used to pay some project costs. A hidden feature of Merriam's TIF districts can cause developers to receive extra benefits at the expense of residents...

Merriam cityscape
Homes & Neighborhoods

Citizen review and update of ordinances

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Homes & Neighborhoods

There are some Merriam city ordinances that are confusing, imprecise, outdated, and subject to varying interpretations. These ordinances need updating. I support a citizens' review of problematic ordinances...

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Merriam cityscape
Homes & Neighborhoods

Citizen review and update of ordinances

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There are some Merriam city ordinances that are confusing, imprecise, outdated, and subject to varying interpretations. These ordinances need updating. I support a citizens' review of problematic ordinances...

David Neal & fiance Lizabeth Phelps
About David

Well Suited for Service

"I moved to Merriam 13 years ago and fell in love with one of the best kept secrets in the Kansas City metro area. With its strategic location near most major transit corridors, its strong retail presence, a historical (but under-developed) downtown, and an eclectic mix of comfortable residential neighborhoods. I wish to contribute to the future of my hometown community.

With a strong and diverse professional background in construction, engineering, and information technology, I have expertise in areas that would seem to be useful in making policy decisions at the municipal government level. I have founded and operated several businesses over the past two and a half decades which have provided me a first hand understanding of the issues and policy that can help (or hurt) local businesses.

I have 30 years of experience in project analysis and project execution. I have worked with local governments across Kansas for more than two decades as a consultant and technology provider. I understand and don't mind reading the 'legalese' involved with proposals. I believe I am better qualified than my opponent in this race to ask the right questions and provide Merriam with a discerning eye when initiatives are proposed, and tax 'incentives' are dispensed.

I am proud to have received the endorsement from the Mainstream Coalition in the City Council race for Ward 4.

I know I will strike a careful balance between the needs of our amazing residents and the needs of our business community. I plan to proudly remain one of the former even as I wind down my active participation in the later during the coming years. I want to contribute to the future of Merriam, my home."

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David Neal
My Mission

My Commitment

"The mission I will take on as your City Council representative is to fully use my knowledge, experience, and practical judgment to tirelessly work for the good of all of Merriam.

I will actively seek out the collective knowledge of my constituents and will apply the wisdom gained from that input when deciding on the multitude of issues, large and small, that come before the City Council.

I intend to build on our community's past successes, avoid past mistakes, and keep Merriam strong and vibrant in the future."

cherries
My Merriam Vision

Town within a city

"I am running for office because I wish to use my experience, knowledge, and commitment to give something positive back to the community that I love.

When I moved to Merriam 13 years ago, I planted 18 fruit trees because I planned to make Merriam my long term home. Now those trees are beautiful and produce tasty cherries, apricots, peaches, plums, pears, and apples. I plan to stay and enjoy my little piece of heaven.

I want to keep Merriam a place that people will want to come to either as new residents, visitors, or small business owners and put down roots. I will work hard to make that goal a reality.

This includes strong support for local schools, keeping a well maintained street system, providing for public safety, and providing an efficient, user-friendly municipal government positively engaged in an outward facing conversation with residents. That communication must result in providing a positive community environment for residents to live and work (if they choose)."

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Guiding Principles

Priorities

Some of this should go without saying, but the main priorities a Merriam City Council member's job description should include are:

  • To maintain and improve our community's infrastructure, including our streets, sidewalks, water runoff systems, parks, public safety, and fire protection services.
  • To govern with fiscal responsibility. Plan for the downturns.
  • To maintain Merriam's attractiveness as a destination community to move to for young metro area families.
  • To strike a balance between the meeting the needs of community stakeholder groups, with the broader interests of our residents at the forefront of decision making.
  • To make sure city ordinances are updated to reflect current situations as technology changes the way we live and work.
  • To find creative ways to resolve special case situations where elderly residents may need some extra help complying with municipal ordinances. Fines and citations should be a last resort, not a first contact.
  • To maintain our community identity by preserving and enhancing our historical downtown district.
David Neal talks with Johnson County residents
Engagement

Two way communication

"If I am fortunate enough to be chosen as your representative on the Merriam City Council, I will maintain a comprehensive two-way dialog with my fellow residents.

As a start, I plan to keep the contact feature of this website active as an easy to use way to get in touch with me. You will be able to send me a message from your smart phone. Any serious inquiry or comment will be responded to personally. I want to help. I need to know what is working well and what is not. I will stay fully engaged.

My phone number will always be an option for reaching out as well and will be listed on my campaign site. Voice or text conversations are welcomed."

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Key Action Steps

Merriam 2017 Election Calendar

  • Request Advanced Ballot

    (Click link to Johnson County Elections in box above)
    You can submit request directly from a smart phone.
    If on a computer, fill out and return PDF form via email.

    NOW

  • Last day to register to vote

    before the Fall (Nov. 7) General Election

    17

    Oct
  • 18

    Oct
    Advance voting by mail begins

    20 days prior to (Nov. 7) General Election Day

  • Advance voting in person begins

    for Fall (Nov. 7) General Election

    30

    Oct
  • 31

    Oct
    Last day to request an advance ballot by mail

    for Fall (Nov. 7) General Election

  • FALL GENERAL ELECTION
    (Vote for David Neal)

    7

    Nov

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