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Dardenne Prairie alderman hopes to add ‘new perspective’ to board

Alan Johnson, Dardenne Prairie’s newest alderman

Alan Johnson, Dardenne Prairie’s newest alderman

The one candidate who has applied for a vacant aldermanic seat in Dardenne Prairie said he offers “a slightly different perspective from a younger family that is in the area.”

Alan Johnson, a dentist and business owner of O’Fallon Family Dentistry, submitted an application to the city to fill out the remaining months of Alderman Doug Santos’ (Ward 2) unexpired term. Santos announced on Aug. 19 that he was resigning his seat on the board to spend more time with his family.

Johnson discussed his background at the city’s Board of Aldermen work session on Sept. 2. Ward 2 residents who wanted to be considered for the appointment were asked to submit applications by Aug. 27.

Missouri statutes state that if a vacancy occurs in an elective office, the mayor calls a special board meeting to appoint a successor with approval of the board.  The board is expected to meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 to fill the vacant seat.

Johnson has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City dental school. He purchased the office in O’Fallon where he began as an associate dentist in 2014 and moved to Dardenne Prairie this summer.

“My hope in serving on the board is to provide a voice from a young family that has recently come to the area,” Johnson wrote in his application. “I hope to provide a different point of view and understand people’s concerns, and help to make our community better.”

Mayor David Zucker took note that Johnson may be a bit younger than other members of the board.

“I think it’s important that you emphasize your demographic because a couple of us are in the ‘hey, you kids, get off my lawn generation’ and it’s helpful to have some diversity,” Zucker said.

Santos, who was elected to a two-year term in April 2014, is a St. Charles County police officer, and had previously run unsuccessfully to unseat former mayor Pam Fogarty in 2013.

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