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Top 40: Dave Ware

Unlike most working folks, Dave Ware puts on two hats when he walks out the door each weekday morning.

The certified registered nurse anesthetist and three-term president of the Mississippi Association of Nurse Anesthetists is also a councilman and vice president of the Hattiesburg City Council.

Oh, and not to forget, the 39-year-old Ware is a noted real estate developer specializing in historic preservation, having completed the rehabilitation of more than 50,000 square feet of property in a Hattiesburg historical district.

Of all his duties, however, Ware takes distinct pride in his contributions to the constituents of Ward 4 and the Hattiesburg business community.

“Through my work on the city council, I have the distinct opportunity to interact daily with business leaders in the area,” he said. “I value their contributions and as a businessman myself, understand the issues they face during challenging economic times.”

Mediation, says Ware, is his most valuable personal skill.

“During the course of my life, I’ve had the ability to mediate between individuals with differing points of view,” he said. “This ability to negotiate compromise has served me making policy, as well as assisting with historic preservation, recruiting employees and working with legislators.”

State Rep. Toby Barker met Ware in 2006 during Ware’s first campaign for city councilman. Barker says his friend has all of the intangibles that few elected officials possess.

“Dave has the enviable balance of intellect, charisma, work ethic and integrity,” said Barker. “His unique ability to juggle his civic, professional and personal duties has led many of us to simply refer to him as ‘Superman.’”

For Ware, improving the delivery of healthcare to thousands of underserved Mississippians may be his most important work.

“As a rural healthcare provider, I am proudest of when the Nurse Practice Act was finally amended in 2009,” he said. “The NPA has historically restricted rural patients’ access to primary caregivers. I am honored to have been one of the many people who worked to achieve our goal to have the law amended.”

Former Hattiesburg mayor Bobby Chain believes Ware has valuable insight in regards to the needs of his Ward 4 constituents and the people of the city.

“Dave’s leadership has been tremendous in the resolving the complex issues that face our city,” he said.

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