Candidates for Pratt City Commission will take part in a public forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 in Carpenter Auditorium at Pratt Community College. The forum is expected to run for 90 minutes.


Editor’s Note: This is the second of three days of background biographies for the Pratt City Commission candidates. Today’s biography features incumbent Willy Peltier. Five candidates are running for two at-large positions.

Candidates for Pratt City Commission will take part in a public forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 in Carpenter Auditorium at Pratt Community College. The forum is expected to run for 90 minutes.

Candidates will all answer the same three questions submitted by the Tribune Editorial Board then answer submitted audience questions. The election will be Tuesday, April 5.

• Name: Willy Peltier.

• Age: 65.

• Family: wife Cecilia for 38 years; children Karen, John and Brandon, three grandchildren.

• Hometown: Grew up in Concordia.

• Education: Graduated from Notre Dame H.S. in Concordia in 1963, a psychology degree from St. Benedicts in Atchison, summer school in University of Wyoming, University of Arizona in Flagstaff, University of Western Colorado in Gunnison, health science degree from Wichita State University and a masters in counseling from Fort Hays State University.

• Work history: Welding manufacturing/steel construction with father, teacher/counselor in various high schools, phys ed and religion at Dighton and Haven, three years business builder, physicians assistant school, six years in Salina as an orthopedic PA, Pratt Regional Medical Center PA 1991 to present.

• Organizations: Coach youth recreation, motivational speaker for drug education, member zoning Board of Directors, member NRA, and city commissioner.

• Why is now the best time for you to run for City Commissioner?

During his three years as a commissioner he has made a positive difference. Pratt is growing with new businesses and new jobs, Peltier said.

The infrastructure has improved, taxes have stabilized, lowered the mil levy twice in three years, attained a high audit rating for the city, build a consensus with other city commissioners.

“I want to see growth continue. I feel I have been a positive force for growth in the city,” Peltier said.