Meet the Candidates: Grand Island City Council Ward Five

Published: Oct. 30, 2020 at 12:51 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The race is on for the Grand Island City Council Ward Five seat. Incumbent Chuck Haase is up against another Grand Island resident hoping to make a change in her community.

Aly Alexander is challenging the 12-year council veteran for his seat to represent Ward Five.

“Part of my personal and professional values include advocating for people who need it,” Alexander told Local4 News. “Part of that is just participating in my civic duty of serving the community. This is just one aspect of how I can serve the community.”

Alexander is a social worker who spends a lot of time getting to know families in the community. She said this will help her understand what her constituents need.

“I really understand the needs we have in this community for young people and young families as well, the areas where we may be lacking in services or just support for these families too,” Alexander said.

If elected she hopes to find ways to attract younger generations and families to the area and to help the parts of grand island in need right now.

“I will always listen to their needs and advocate for the needs of our community,” she said. “Especially the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Chuck Haase said he also has a history of listening to his community in the last 12 years he’s been in office.

“I get a call from constituents in every ward, not just Ward Five,” he said. “I go and meet them at their house, talk to them and take their concerns to whichever department needs to be heard.”

Continuing with that open communication is one goal for him if re-elected. Another is to work on the economic development of Grand Island.

“You’re seeing stores close all over this place,” Haase said, “In Grand Island stores are closing left and right, the whole Conestoga Mall is at risk. But whenever a store closes it’s an opportunity for someone else. I think focusing on economic development and keeping Grand Island moving forward is really important.”

Haase has worked hard for more than a decade. He said he’s was able to do a lot on the health front, including a city vaping ban. He’s also served on the health board for the last two years.

“It’s an enjoyable thing for me to do, to represent,” Haase said. “Really it’s been a pleasure and an honor to help serve.”

With the election less than a week away, both candidates are looking forward to hearing how the city votes.

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