FALLS CITY – News Channel Nebraska caught up with Falls City mayor candidate Shawna Bindle at the National Night Event at Stanton Lake.
Bindle: “I think this community is great. I’ve worked in EMS for over 20 years, so, the fact that our community, Falls City, is doing an event of this magnitude is amazing.”
She started with the Falls City volunteer ambulance squad as a first responder and worked as a volunteer EMT for a decade. She is now a paramedic and assistant manager at Atchison Holt Ambulance District.
She said she has had an interest in politics since high school social studies class and, with her kids reaching college age, she feels like it’s the perfect time to run for office.
Bindle: “I don’t want to wait another four years to jump in, so this is the year I’m going to try.”
She said law enforcement and community safety are a top priority.
Bindle: “Falls City faces the same challenges that small communities our size face, drugs, theft. We have a great police force, but, unfortunately, we are limited in size. I think that we just need to support the police, support the fire, EMS, and let all those services work together to do their job. We will give them the tools they need to do their job.”
In the May primary, the top two vote getters were Carla Rhodd with 221 and Bindle with 216. She was asked why she thinks people supported her in the primary.
Bindle: “You know it was a close, close race. Like, closer than I think any of us would have liked. And there were some great candidates, but I think people know me and know my ethics and they know my morals. I’ve lived in Falls City, born and raised here, and they know that I’m for Falls City 100 percent.”
She encourages people to get out and vote. She said it’s a big deal to select the town’s first female mayor.