Pam Jarding is running unopposed for the Fourth Ward City Council seat in the April 2 municipal election.
Jarding, a Milan native, is running for a council seat for a number of reasons, but most importantly because she feels civic involvement is vital.
“It is exciting to live in such a progressive community such as Chillicothe and I very much want to be a part in the continued progress and success of this community. We are the envy of towns around as we continue our growth and are able to offer so much to its citizens. For those people entertaining coming to work and live in our town, they are awed at what Chillicothe, has to offer,” she said. “Our wonderful school systems; the beautiful outside athletic
facility; the YMCA; Fast Lane Bowling Alley and Chilli Bay Water Park,” Jarding said. “The pride that our downtown merchants have is obvious to a newcomer by looking at how well maintained their store fronts are. These perspective residents and visitors travel now to see the beautiful murals that depict the history of Chillicothe. Chillicothe is interested in the arts and because of the hard work of some of its citizens the Cultural Arts Center came to fruition and attracts artists near and far.
“My feeling has always been that it is our obligation to give back to the community in which we live, whether that be to join an organization; serve on a committee seeking to bring something new to the organization or becoming a public servant.”
In January, Jarding was appointed by the city council to fill the unexpired term of Fourth Ward Councilman Paul Howard after his resignation. That term expires on April 2, she is now running for a two-year term, after having served as the Fourth Ward Councilperson for six years from 2003 - 2009.
“I have worked for the residents of the fourth ward as well as the citizens of Chillicothe in the past and feel that I can bring to the table that passion for serving others,” she said. “Councilman Paul Howard was remembered as a good public servant and I very much want that to be a legacy of mine.”
The residents of this city are the biggest assets, Jarding said, noting that the spirit of community members has put Chillicothe on the map.
When elected, there are some areas of concern that Jarding hopes to address with her fellow council members.
“One of problems in my opinion is maintaining our community’s beauty and pride by holding home owners/landlords accountable when they fail to live up to the ordinances that were established by the City Council. It is a shame that we drive down some of our city streets to find a few nice houses on the block just too then see houses that are falling in around them,” she said. “Another problem facing the city is how best to deal with the new law regarding Medical Marijuana. This is new territory for municipalities in the State of Missouri so there are
unanswered questions and policies that we have to put in place so that we are in compliance. It may be a struggle in the beginning, but we will persevere.”
Perseverance is key to all things, and maintaining determination and motivation to keep moving forward, no matter what is key to have a successful city, and maintaining that drive is one of Jarding's long-term goals.
“Never give up. Always be a part of the solution to a problem and find ways that will
benefit the majority of our citizens. The city has been able to work in partnership with
various organizations and I want to see that continued. We can’t be successful by ourselves,” she said.
Jarding and her husband, Jim, moved to Chillicothe 18 years ago after having lived in South Dakota for 25 years. They have two sons, Jared and Brett, and two granddaughters, Maddie and Karsyn.
Jarding is a member of the University of Missouri Extension Council and Hedrick Medical Center’s Community Advisory Board. She attends First Baptist Church where she is a member of the choir; worship team and the Ensemble. She also serves on the board of the North Central Youth and Family Services and is past president of the Main Street Chillicothe Board
Since 2017, she has worked for Main Street Chillicothe as their events and communications coordinator.
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