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David Caldwell, 2011 Creve Coeur Citizen of the Year

David Caldwell, 2011 Creve Coeur Citzen of the Year

From left: Creve Coeur Citizens of the Year 2011 David Caldwell and Claire Chosid with the late Pat Dielmann and former Mayor Harold Dielmann at the city’s annual Holiday Appreciation event. Photo courtesy of West Magazine

David Caldwell was named the 2011 Creve Coeur Citizen of the Year based on his passion for representing the best interests of the city and its residents through his website, www.crevecoeurvoter.com.

Creve Coeur Patch recognized David’s award in this Dec. 7, 2011 story:

A Creve Coeur man who has taken his passion for following city issues online, and a woman who has been active in efforts to beautify the city were named joint winners of the 2011 Citizen of the Year award at a Government Center ceremony Tuesday night.

David Caldwell, editor of the watchdog site CreveCoeurVoter.com, and Claire Chosid, who volunteers on the Recycling, Environment & Beautification Committee, were surprised with the announcement at the city’s annual holiday gathering for employees and committee volunteers.

City Council President Tara Nealey credited Caldwell with having used his voice on the website and as a participant at city meetings to educate the public, increase government accountability and positively influence public policy.

“I think it means that the council has shown an appreciaton for the honest effort to make a difference and come up with some ideas to improve Creve Coeur,” Caldwell said afterward.

Nealey praised Chosid’s efforts to build a sense of community, along with her efforts to develop greenspace in the city and to rid it of honeysuckle.

“When I want something done, I really want it done,” Chosid told the crowd, genuinely surprised by the honor