In a nonpartisan race, Richard Walker faces Diego Pfeiffer for the Parkland District 2 commission seat. It will become vacant once commissioner Grace Solomon’s term expires in November. Election day falls on Nov. 6.
Each candidate was asked questions pertaining to issues facing Parkland, the candidate’s reasons for running, and how he would address top issues facing the city.
Walker said his experience as a family man and businessman qualifies him for the seat. He decided to run because he and his family are “fully invested in the city. I want to do my part to ensure the city that my wife and I chose for our children continues to be a special place.” He added: “I believe my experience and family make-up, having five children at each level of our school system and their various activities throughout the city give me a unique perspective on the commission.”
Walker added, “My extensive experience in the business world gives me a big picture understanding to ensure every decision is made in a fiscally responsible manner. Having been involved as a board member in soccer and Little League and as involved in the school system as we are, I believe I have a sound understanding of the needs and desires of residents.”
Walker hasn’t held a position in government. However, “I have been involved in many levels as a coach and recreational league board member.” As he sees them, the top issues are parks and recreation, growth and infrastructure, as well as safety and security.
“As our city grows, we need to ensure we can keep our city and all of our residents safe,” Parker said. “We need to improve communication with our Parks and Recreation department to ensure our Recreational programs and residents have the best access and as we grow all their needs are met to have successful program and events,” Walker said.
Regarding growth and infrastructure Walker said, “we need to ensure we have the plans in place to have the infrastructure to facilitate our incoming growth. We need to be mindful of the exceptional services our residents expect and that we can continue them at the highest levels.”
The candidate said he is looking forward to working with city officials to “ensure our residents have the best of everything.”
What attracted Walker to Parkland was the small town feel. “I can go anywhere in the city and see people I know and when I meet someone new I am greeted with a warm reception.”
Walker has owned Bergen Sign Company for 22 years and is originally from New Jersey. After the company opened its second office in Pompano Beach, Walker commuted back and forth. That is, until he and his family moved to Parkland four years ago. “I could not think of a better place to raise our children,” he said.
Editor’s note: Despite repeated attempts to reach Diego Pfeiffer by phone and emails he did not respond. Pfeiffer, 18, is a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.