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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Moulden feels community service is 'family heritage'

  • Davis Moulden said service to the community is “kind of a family heritage.”
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    • Fast facts
      Name: Davis Moulden
      Age: 73
      Occupation: Co-owner of funeral chapel
      Previous elected experience: One term as Leavenworth city commissioner; elected justice of the peace
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      Fast facts
      Name: Davis Moulden

      Age: 73

      Occupation: Co-owner of funeral chapel

      Previous elected experience: One term as Leavenworth city commissioner; elected justice of the peace
  • Davis Moulden said service to the community is "kind of a family heritage."
    His grandfather served as mayor of Leavenworth. His father served on the board of the Salvation Army. His mother was the first woman elected to public office in Leavenworth. She served on the Waterworks Board.
    And Moulden, 73, is asking voters to elect him to a second term on the Leavenworth City Commission.
    As a commissioner, Moulden said he enjoys talking to residents and he tries to do what is right.
    "You've got to remember the little guy," he said.
    Moulden, who with his wife owns a local funeral home, said he's never played the role of big shot while on the commission.
    "I just want to be one of the people," he said.
    There are three commission seats up for election this year. In addition to Moulden, Keith Melick, Mark Preisinger, Charles Raney, Phil Urban and Lisa Weakley filed as candidates. Moulden, Preisinger and Urban currently serve on the commission. Weakley previously served on the commission.
    Two candidates will be elected to four-year terms. A third candidate will be elected to a two-year term.
    During his term on the commission, Moulden served for several months as mayor. He took over that position after former Commissioner Shay Baker was removed as mayor.
    Each year, the city commissioners select one of their own to serve as mayor.
    Moulden feels the city's mayor should be elected directly to the position rather than selected by the commissioners.
    In addition to his experience as a commissioner, Moulden years earlier served as a justice of the peace.
    Moulden also said he believes in serving only two terms, or 10 years at the most, on the City Commission.
    If elected again, Moulden said he won't run for a third term.
    "I'm not going to be a professional city commissioner," he said.
    He said finance is an issue all municipalities have to deal with.
    "And I think Leavenworth has been very conservative and still is," he said.
    Moulden believes the city can "ride out the storm" of the current tough economic times.
    He said people in Leavenworth are going to have to figure out where the city will expand. He said it can only expand west or to the northwest. One decision that has to be made is whether people want the city to expand.
    Moulden also believes in recycling. He feels the city could be more aggressive when it comes to recycling especially for glass and aluminum.
    "There isn't hardly anything made that can't be recycled," he said.
    He also feels some commissioners have been too aggressive in tearing down properties in the city.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Buildings can be recycled," he said.
    The election will be April 2.
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