Porterdale resident Rick Vaida has announced his candidacy City Council post 5 after much thought, consideration and encouragement from citizens of Porterdale.
Vaida, originally from Texas, grew up working in oil fields. After graduating high school, he volunteered to go in the United States Marine Corps serving in Okinawa and Vietnam.
After the military, Vaida started a business doing what he loved, as a carpenter, which he pursued for more than 40 years. Now in semi-retirement, he still does for friends and for the city whenever he is needed. Vaida moved to Porterdale in the 1985 and became involved in the community.
For the last eight years, Rick has been involved in various city projects including working on the former city hall and the current city hall. He has also completed a lot of work on the Veterans Memorial Park gazebo and was very instrumental in purchasing to Memorial plaque for the park.
He is also an active member of the CARE program where he assists in all functions and helps raise money for the scholarship fund for Porterdale residents wishing to continue their education.
Vaida was recently asked to serve on the Porterdale Planning and Zoning commission which he gladly accepted.
Once elected, Vaida will be devoted to helping move the city forward on current projects already started as well as future ones to come.
"I just feel maybe new blood and new ideas would be to a great advantage for our city," he said. “And I greatly appreciate your support.
"I'm looking forward to representing the residents of Porterdale as a council member. Elect a vet!”