In the upcoming April 8 election, First Ward City Councilman Stephen Galliher will be one of two individuals running for the open mayor position in the City of Sedalia. The Weekly Observer sat down and spoke with Galliher about his thoughts on the upcoming election.
Galliher was born in Salisbury, Mo., but relocated to Sedalia at the age of four. He attended Smith-Cotton High School and after graduating, Galliher joined the US Army. After finishing up with the military Galliher began working for Union Pacific Railroad, where he retired after 39 years of service.
Galliher, who is finishing up his fourth year as a First Ward councilman, made the decision to run for the position of mayor after current Mayor Elaine Horn opted to not run for office again.
Galliher was asked about why he decided to run for city council two terms ago, and if the position of mayor was a logical next step.
“I had retired and some friends of mine thought I should be a councilman, so I ran for office and won. I really like doing the job. I like helping people and serving the community,” Galliher explained.
He added, “When the job came open for mayor, I thought to myself that Sedalia is my home and family and no matter where I have ever gone, this city is my home. I like being a public servant. Being retired, I can make a part-time job into a full-time job. When you enjoy doing what you are doing, you can do a better job at it.”
Running for office is often times a multi-person job. Galliher was asked if he had anyone helping him with his campaign and if he discussed running for office with his family.
“I have a couple of friends helping me out. Jeff Leeman is my treasurer. He was my treasurer when I ran for council. I asked my wife when it came time to run for mayor and she thought it was a good idea,” Galliher said.
Galliher has been married to his wife Shery for the past 40 years and together they have two children, Sarah and Ryan, as well as three granddaughters and a grandson on the way.
“I just had a new baby granddaughter and she will grow up here, so I want to make it better for her,” Galliher explained.
If elected, Galliher has a few things on his agenda that he would like to focus on.
“I want to work real hard with economic development. They do a wonderful job out there. They bring in the new industries and they are good about keeping them here. I can’t say enough good things about economic development.
“One of my concerns is the condition of our streets. I want to make sure we have enough money that we can make a plan to improve and repair them. I would like to keep a critical eye on the finances of the city,” he said.
Galliher was asked if he had anything that he wanted voters to know.
“I don’t work for myself and not the city government. I work for the people,” Galliher said.
In closing, Galliher was asked how he felt his campaign was going and what is next for him and his team.
“I think it is going really well. I will be out there hitting the streets next week. The public support seems to be extremely strong. I have a lot of support.”