Allderdice fills empty council seat

"For 21 years, Doug Allderdice has been accustomed to having the title doctor used in front of his last name while working and living in Langley. This week, he learned that he will have to get used to another title: Councilman.On Feb. 2, Allderdice, 56, became the newest member of the Langley City Council. He assumes the seat of former councilmember Ed Parr, who resigned in December citing personal reasons. Allderdice was the only applicant to file with the city to serve out the two years left in Parr's term of office. One of Langley's better-known citizens, Allderdice came to Langley in 1978 to operate a small physician's practice with Dr. Steve Shapiro. He left the practice in 1985 to become an emergency room doctor in Everett. He now works with a physicians' group serving several Everett-area emergency rooms.He said Thursday that while he brings no agenda to his new public office, he wants to be one of the people who direct how the city grows and operates.It's an excellent opportunity to have the experience of being a citizen involved with government, Allderdice said.He also said he is thrilled to get re-involved in Langley's small town life. Although he is a native of Chicago, he has long gotten used to seeing his neighbors downtown while grocery shopping, or talking to them over the fence in his yard during a summer's evening. Having worked outside of the community for the past 15 years, Allderdice said he has become somewhat disconnected from that familiar feeling. That is something he hopes involvement on the council will change.It's a chance to know a community. I did that better when I was a physician here.This will not be Allderdice's first experience with local politics. In 1997, he lost a close race for South Whidbey Port District to Dorothy Cleveland. As the only applicant for his appointed position on the Langley City Council, this road to public office was less stressful. In fact, he said, he would prefer to avoid going through another contested election.I hope I never have to put up yard signs, he said.Two issues particularly pique Alderdice's interest especially. The first is the possible future expansion and development of the the Langley Small Boat Harbor.The marina interests me in terms of its being a big shaper of Langley, he said.Also crucial to the city's development will be whether or not the city council decides to hire a city manager. Allderdice said it is probably time for the city to have full-time, professional management, rather than putting that responsibility on a part-time mayor.I think it's the right thing for Langley now, Alderdice said.Alderdice and his wife, Jan, have two sons, David Alderdice and Raad Steele. "

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