Election 2024

Meet Karey Owens, candidate for Wright City alderman

The Record
Posted 2/6/24

Karey Owens is a candidate running in the April 2024 election to serve a two year term as the ward 1 alderman in Wright City, MO.

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Election 2024

Meet Karey Owens, candidate for Wright City alderman


Name: Karey Owens

Age: 47

Hometown: Marthasville, Mo

Occupation: Regional Sales Training Manager

Position sought: Wright City Ward 1 Alderman

Previous political experience: I have served as Ward 1 Alderman since October 2021

Website or social media page: https://www.facebook.com/aldermankarey

Why are you running and why should people vote for you?

I am running for because I believe in the future of Wright City. As our city continues to grow, I want to work to ensure our long time residents are not pushed to the side, while still welcoming new neighbors and businesses.

During my first term, I consistently worked for greater transparency, including producing the Operating Budget document to give our residents insight into where the city budget comes from and is allocated to. I also introduced the ordinance to require notice signs on the Flock License Plate Recognition cameras and to require a transparency dashboard to be added to the city website. This allows citizens to check, in real time, how data is being accessed and utilized.

Personally, I am an active member of our community. You can regularly find me at school functions with my children, Ian and Maggie, or cheering on my nieces. You'll also find me volunteering for the Wright City Community Food Pantry and Kiwanis events.

I believe in our community and am working to respect our history while building our future.

What are your goals if elected?

My first goal is to continue working to improve our infrastructure. It's no secret that Wright City has a significant gap between the roadwork that needs to be done and the budget to do so. We need to continue to look for ways to maximize our budget while minimizing the financial impact on our citizens.

Secondly, as new families and businesses come to Wright City our demographics will continue to change. My mother owned a small business during O'Fallon's growth explosion and I saw firsthand how "old town" business and residents were pushed to the side in the name of progress. My goal is to make sure we're deliberate and thoughtful in managing our growth to avoid this from happening in Wright City.

What issues are most pressing for your constituency?

The biggest challenge we're facing is our infrastructure. As a city we're continuing to look for ways to improve infrastructure on a limiting budget. This has included road impact fees for new development and pursing grant funding.

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