Last updated: June 06. 2014 4:48PM -
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It’s been less than a week since Ward 2 Councilmember Bonita Nash was sworn in, but she’s already hit the ground running to help her constituents.

“It’s been busy. Very busy,” Nash told the Democrat Friday afternoon. “This is my second interview, and I’ve been riding around to look at different things in the ward to get a feel of it, see what needs to be done. I’ve been talking to different people, and they are giving me some input as to what needs to be done.”

Nash was sworn in at the beginning of Monday’s Sedalia City Council meeting. She is filling the seat vacated by Wanda Monsees, who announced her resignation early last month due to health reasons. Nash and Monsees are friends, and Monsees encouraged Nash to accept the job.

“I felt like it was such an honor (to be nominated by Mayor Steve Galliher),” Nash said. “I talked to Wanda Monsees before, and I just wanted to make her proud.”

This is Nash’s “first go round” at public office, and besides her friendship with Monsees, she said she accepted her new role because she wants to help Sedalia.

“Sedalia needs to, as a whole, needs to come together and I want to be part of making that happen,” she said.

Nash is very familiar with the area, as she was raised in Sedalia. She moved away for awhile, but will have her 20th anniversary as a returned Sedalia resident on July 4. She’s a teller at Third National Bank and is involved in the community. She’s the treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 202, treasurer for Diversified Community Outreach, and vice chair for Burns Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Nash also has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Although she’s new to public office, Galliher seemed confident about Nash being the newest addition to city council.

“When she gets settled in she’s going to bring a lot of good ideas, honesty, integrity to the council,” Galliher told the Democrat after Monday’s meeting. “She’s not afraid to voice her opinion, which I like. But at the same time I think she’s going to be willing to look at both sides of whatever the issue is. She’s really adamant about having all the information before she would vote yes or no, which impressed me.”

As for goals during her time on council, Nash doesn’t have any specific ones. Right now, she simply wants to help Sedalia.

“I’ve never been in politics, so I’m taking it slow so I don’t really have any goals right now, but I would like to see the city grow in a positive manner,” she said. “I’m looking forward to a new learning experience, a new chapter in my life.”

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