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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Race for District 2 County Commissioner

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  • Bob Carson
    Age: 76
    Residence: McPherson
    Party: Democrat
    Family: Wife — Judy; three grown sons and eight grandchildren.
    Education: Graduated from El Dorado High School; attended Butler County Community College and Kansas State University, was a member of of Sigma Phi Epsilon at K-State.
    Experience: I have experience being chairman of several boards and working on city and county planning commission boards and also on the city zoning board of appeals.
    What would you do to hold the line on county spending?
    First of all, a lot of the county spending is regulated by statutes. I would takspending?
    Make sure that capital spending is needed to ensure the citizens of McPherson County continue to have the quality services and security they require and deserve. In addition, make sure the agencies we support are prudent with the taxpayers’ dollars.
    2. What would you do as a commissioner to promote economic growth in the county?
    Support the present high level employment we currently have in McPherson County. I believe to maintain this advantage over other areas in the state, we need to continue working with existing industry and any potential industry that may be looking to locate in McPherson County. If it is necessary to issue IRBs or give tax abatement to increase employment or ensure the future success of the company, these are areas we need to look at closely. These incentives have been important for the strong industrial base in McPherson County.
    3. What would you do to promote rural and agriculture interests in the county?
    McPherson County needs to continue its support of 4-H and county extension. This gives young people the tools to encourage their interest in agriculture and business management. In addition, we need to continue the county’s support of the McPherson County Fair in Canton, and the 4-H Fair. We need to support industries that provide off-farm employment.
    4. How would you like to see the county move forward with rural planning?
    Rural planning is very important to McPherson County. That is why it is important to continue to have quality people on the McPherson County Planning and Zoning Board to ensure cooperation on issues that can affect the interests of everyone.
    In addition, the maintaining of quality roads and bridges is very important to ensure farmers can get their product to market without delay.
    Linus L. Linaweaver
    Age: 72
    Residence: McPherson
    Party: Republican
    Family: Wife — Dee
    Education: Business college
    Experience: More than 25 years in retail and commercial banking management; 13 years as bank consultant; previous board member of: Kansas Community Bank; McPherson County Crime Stoppers, Inc.; Multi-Community Diversified Services (MCDS); McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau; McPherson Museum. Past precinct committeeman.
    Page 2 of 2 - 1. What would you do to hold the line on county good look at each item to see if it met our needs and was in the guidelines of our budget. The spending also would need to be in the best interest of our taxpayers.
    What would you do as a commissioner to promote economic growth in the county?
    First of all, hold the line on taxes. Work toward affordable housing. Get more industry into the county and help to sustain the factories and plants that we have. Also help and encourage them to expand so as to employ more people.
    What would you do to promote rural and agriculture interests in the county?
    As a former 4-H member, I would encourage the county to continue to support the 4-H as they are the future of our agriculture community. I would like to continue the support the County Extension Office, and the Master Gardeners. One of the biggest things in the county is to maintain our roads and bridges within our budget. This would help in rural development. Support our Soil Conservation Office and to keep our Comprehensive Plan updated. Support the Annual “Pigs Fly” event and the Rural Appreciation Dinner. More community information in newsletter or local newspaper so industries outside of our community could see what we have to offer them.
    How would you like to see the county move forward with rural planning?
    As the current chairman of the (McPherson County) Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals we have been working to bring all of the parcels in the county into conformance. There are several parcels of land in the county that are non-confirming properties. We are constantly working on new subdivision regulations for the county and trying to get all of the parcels in the county upgraded and into conformance with our current Comprehensive Plan. This will take some time, as there are several parcels in the county that do not meet the zoning requirements. Continue with more infrastructure and be aware of the increased concern about issues with suburban citizens wanting to relocate to the rural areas.
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