This is the last of three days of profiles for the Pratt City Commission candidates. Today’s biographies feature Karen Detwiler and Lucus Kumberg. Five candidates are running for two at-large positions.


Editor’s Note: This is the last of three days of profiles for the Pratt City Commission candidates. Today’s biographies feature Karen Detwiler and Lucus Kumberg. Five candidates are running for two at-large positions.

Candidates for Pratt City Commission will take part in a public forum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 in Carpenter Auditorium at Pratt Community College. The forum is expected to run for 90 minutes.

Candidates will all answer the same three questions submitted by the Tribune Editorial Board then answer submitted audience questions. The election will be Tuesday, April 5.

• Name: Karen Detwiler.

• Age: 68.

• Family: husband John for 51 years; children Evonne and Becky, one grandchild and two step grandchildren and one great grand child.

• Hometown: Born and raised in Pratt.

• Education: College courses at Pratt Community College. 

• Work history: Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks supervisor boating department registration starting in 1969, secretary for KDWP fisheries division, KDWP payroll accounts receivable department supervisor for 19 years, retired in 2000, co-owner County East Self Storage since mid 1970s.

• Organizations: Pilot Club member since 2000 serving as president for two one-year terms and member Pratt Area Humane Society Board of Directors

• Why is now the best time for you to run for City Commissioner? Detwiler has served as commissioner before and wants to use that experience to help Pratt.

“I have a desire to lead the community I was born in to be better than it is now,” Detwiler said. “I think this will be my last opportunity to try to turn Pratt to a more positive direction.”

Even with the opportunities going for it, the population has declined from 8,500 when she graduated from PHS in 1960 to the current level of 6,300. She wants to see more retail businesses on Main Street. It’s going to take a lot of brainstorming to make it happen, Detwiler said.

• Name: Lucus Kumberg.

• Age: 31.

• Family: Single.

• Hometown: Sawyer.

• Education: Graduated from Skyline in 1997, currently working on a bachelor’s degree at Friends University in computer information systems.  

• Work history: Worked until he was 18 in Sawyer restaurant with his grandparents who owned the business, three years at home lumber, Pratt Regional Medical Center network administrator managing computer systems.

• Organizations: Skyline site council Board of Directors member, Leadership 2000 director, Kansas Health Care Information Management Systems Society board member, president Mid Central Region of National Association for CPSI Clients and Pratt Community College auction scholarship committee member.

• Why is now the best time for you to run for City Commissioner? Kumberg ran in 2010 and got a lot of positive feedback. He sees a real need for representation for the younger generation in the Pratt Community and believes he can be an asset for Pratt.

“I feel a desire to run again this year,” Kumberg said. “I have lots of ideas and experiences that will help make Pratt a better place to live.”