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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2014

Ledger-Kalen enjoys challenge

Nov 01, 2013

Jessica Ledger-Kalen is running for a two-year term to fill a vacancy for a Fairfield City Council at-large seat. She was appointed in January to fill the vacancy when Susan Silvers stepped down from the council. Ledger-Kalen is the only name on the ballot for this vacancy.

Ledger-Kalen was born in Fairfield and moved away when she was a teenager. She returned to the Fairfield area eight years ago, and shortly after started Royale Concrete, conducting business in Fairfield since 2006. She has lived in Fairfield for a year.

“Running for public office has been an aspiration of mine for a while,” she said. “Fortunately, I had the opportunity to ‘test drive’ the position this year and I have enjoyed the challenge and learning experience.

“I feel that there is so much more to learn and contribute, and I would like to continue serving the citizens of Fairfield in this role.”

Ledger-Kalen said her year of experience in the appointed position has helped her to better understand city government.

“I have extensive experience serving on nonprofit boards and I believe strongly in servant leadership,” she said. “I have a proven track record of decisiveness and in being pragmatic. I have a sound business sense and experience as an entrepreneur.

“I have desire to hear all sides of an issue, and I am a fact finder,” said Ledger-Kalen. “I have the ability to empathize with other points of view while remaining objective.”

She said the most immediate challenges the city will take on include the planned infrastructure improvements for utilities, as well as community planning.

Ledger-Kalen said Fairfield employs capable and talented people.

“From my experience, city employees have proven to be good stewards of the city’s resources,” she said. “I believe there is always room for improvement in any organization and we should continually be looking for ways to improve upon what we have.

“As a whole, the city can continue to look for ways to be fiscally prudent and improve upon customer service both internally and externally,” said Ledger-Kalen.

 

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