(Atlantic) Grace Garrett, who moved to Atlantic two-and-a-half years ago, was elected to the City Council at-large seat on Tuesday. Garrett appearing at the KSOM/KS95 studios this week says Atlantic became her home town.
Garrett, who has never run for office, has been attending City Council meetings for over a year. “I wanted to educate myself on the role of a city councilperson and determine what I might be able to bring to the table, so I make good decisions that affect us today and in the future,” said Garrett.
Her platform was simple. Be a good listener and a good representative of the people. She says it was indeed a “we campaign” and not a “me campaign,” because it took a lot of people to get that support and help her work through the campaign.
“I feel I must be a good listener and represent the people,” explained Garrett. “Because at the end of the day most of us all want the same thing. We want a safe town; we want more jobs, restaurants and economic development.
“If I can make a good decision today to make Atlantic a better place in the future, that’s what I’m all about.”
Garrett says she will continue to read and educate herself on the City ordinances between now and when she takes office on January 1, 2020. She says this will help her make the right decisions when these votes come into play, and help determine what her role will be on the Council.
“So if I can balance that, I feel I’ve done my part to lead well, to be a team player, and know when and how to delegate,” said Garrett. “And help move us forward in a good sense so that we can make good choices to make Atlantic the best place to call home.”
Garrett narrowly defeated incumbent Dana Halder 517-509 to earn the seat.