This is the second installment in a series introducing 2013 local election matchups.
Education: Northwest Kansas Technical College — Telecommunications; Colby Community College — associates in applied science
Occupation: Technician at Moundridge Telephone Co. and owner of Schmidt Stump Removal
Experience: Spent seven years on Moundridge EMS, am currently a member of Moundridge Fire Department, am currently serving a term on the Pine Village Endowment Board
1. Why are you running for a position on local government?
Being a resident of Moundridge for the last 20 years, I have seen the city go through many changes. I believe that the timing is right for new representation on the council to oversee some of the big projects that the city is anticipating that will affect the younger generations for many years to come. I have enjoyed working with and serving the community and its citizens, and I would like to further serve them community as a council member.
2. What do you think the role of local government should be?
The role of local government or serving as a council member is to represent the members of its community in a fair and unbiased manner.
3. What would be your goals if elected to a position on city government?
My goals are to listen to the members of the community and represent them fairly and honestly and to draw from my experience to understand and address issues as they arise.
4. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing your community at this time? How would you address that challenge?
A challenge all cities will face is the ability to utilize limited resources in the most efficient and effective manner. This will become more difficult as current legislation is geared toward changes to the tax structure and reductions in state funding. A major issue facing Moundridge is the need for a new water tower and its effect on the older distribution system. The city is also faced with the maintenance of an older sewer system and its related problems.