Voters in the April 5 election have three strong candidates for two open City Commission seats. Lucus Kumberg, Bill Hlavachick and Willy Peltier have all demonstrated a grasp of the major issues and a willingness to stick to the facts.


Voters in the April 5 election have three strong candidates for two open City Commission seats. Lucus Kumberg, Bill Hlavachick and Willy Peltier have all demonstrated a grasp of the major issues and a willingness to stick to the facts.

Hlavachick and Peltier are incumbents while Kumberg is making his second attempt at winning a seat on the commission after a suprisingly strong showing in the last election. His youth shouldn’t dissuade anyone from checking the box next to his name in the voting booth.

All three have so far avoided making promises they can’t keep. They know, as anyone who’s been paying attention should know, that the city’s share of of the local property tax burden is too small to “make Pratt affordable” unless its budget can be slashed dramatically. Hlavachick and Peltier have been paying attention. You won’t find enough fat to cut the city’s small mil levy by half, a third or even a quarter.

And if the big issues are being well handled, the tiny issues shoudn’t make a difference on April 5.