WARSAW — Diane Quance, Republican, is one of the many members of the Warsaw Common Council who hopes to continue serving in future years. She has announced that she is seeking re-election for her third term as the district 5 council member.
Quance was first elected by caucus in December 2010 to fill the seat of now Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hampton when his assumption of office vacated his seat on the Common Council.
“I came into a council of all men and quickly realized I needed to work hard to stay informed, understand the roles of the council in relation to the mayor and other city departments and figure out how to effectively represent my neighbors in the fifth district,” said Quance.
Having served several times as council president, Quance’s influence has extended far beyond her district.
“I am a big picture thinker and I look outside of the box for solutions to our issues in the city,” said Quance. “As council president, I have always encouraged every member to speak openly and bring their unique viewpoints to the table. Not always agreeing and coming to a decision based on everyone’s insights is good government in my mind. An informed citizenry who is unafraid to speak up and offer their expertise and opinions is also essential to being good representatives. I enjoy hearing from people, even when they are upset and disagree with something that has happened.”
Quance worked for Bowen Center for 15 years rising to the position of director of quality assurance before leaving to work as a school social worker, school counselor and eventually director of guidance and counseling for Warsaw Community Schools, retiring after 23 years in the summer of 2017. She currently volunteers at Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams, is an Advanced Master Naturalist and is chair of the staff parish committee of her church.
“Throughout my public service and employment, I have grown to value Warsaw and its small-town caring that is so evident when a need in the community is brought forth. I chose to run for city council initially because I saw that we were on the cusp for rapid growth and I wanted us to have a plan to manage that growth that helped preserve our values, our natural environment and our neighborhoods while providing planned areas to grow both residential and business communities.”
“I am choosing to run again because I believe I continue to make a positive difference in the quality of life for the residents of Warsaw and the surrounding communities that enjoy the benefits Warsaw brings to the area. From that first time I sat in a council meeting and realized that I needed to work hard, seek information, network with people who can make things happen and listen to the people of our city, I have not let down. I’m passionate about the progress the city has made and want to see it continue while maintaining our identity and serving my neighbors.”