After winning a hard-fought battle to retain his position Tuesday, McPherson County Attorney David Page said he will focus on improving communication with law enforcement.
Page was the only candidate on the ballot for county attorney after defeating local attorney Brian Bina in the Republican primary.
Bina supporters mounted an aggressive write-in campaign, which Page called “dirty” Tuesday night.
Page won the race with 6,462 votes, but there were 3,963 write-ins, which was 38 percent of the vote.
Page’s opposition criticized Page for what they called a lack of communication with law enforcement.
Page said tensions have increased between the McPherson Police Department and the county attorney’s office since March. He said department leadership instituted a policy stating officers were not to communicate with the county attorney’s office directly.
“This has caused a tremendous amount of problems,” he said.
Page said he was not criticizing police chief Robert McClarty. He acknowledged a chain of command serves a practical function in a law enforcement agency.
“I think there can be a happy medium. I was an active duty marine, and a police officer. I understand the need for a chain of command. Sometimes there is a need for direct communication when there are emergencies and last-minute situations. I am confident I can sit down with the chief and come to a resolution.”
Bina said he thought the race brought forth some important issues.
He said he will continue to work for Karstetter and Klenda where he is currently employed and would not rule out a run for the county attorney’s office in 2016.
Page said he loves the American system in which the holder of political office is only a steward of the authority of that office.
“I really fell humbled,” Page said of his win. “I really don’t consider I have gained something or that I am a power house or chief. To be able to serve my fellow citizens, it humbles me more than anything else.”