This is the third of four city commission candidate profiles. Two commissioners will be elected on April 2.
Family: I have been married to my wife, Cathy for 33 years. We have two daughters and one grandson.
Work/professional experience: My wife and I are self employed; we own Richardson's Microscope Sales and Services. I am also a substitute teacher.
Political experience: Served on the Pratt City Commission for 3 years, carried petitions to allow citizens of Pratt the right to vote on term limits and the Maple Street extension.
Community involvement: I believe it is important to give back to the community. I am a member of the Knights of Columbus where I have organized fundraisers for organizations and local families. As a member of the Elks, I help with the Thanksgiving food baskets and youth hoop shoot.
Why are you running for this office? I want to be a voice for the people. I feel it is important to note I have no personal agenda. As a lifelong resident of Pratt I feel it is my duty to ensure it is a great community for everyone and for future generations. I think it is time for the citizens of Pratt to hold the City Commission accountable for their decisions. Many citizens have told me they do not feel comfortable going to Commission Meetings and I want to see that changed.
What do you believe are the top 3 priorities for the city in the next three years and your stance on each?
• I will be an advocate for lower taxes and reducing government spending. I believe the City needs to pay off some of their current debt/bonds and stop wasting money on interest. It is very important to me that we work on lowering government spending and reducing the cost of utilities.
• Citizen engagement in government: As a commissioner I encouraged citizens to come to meetings and I understand that not every citizen can attend these meetings. I will work to get meetings televised so citizens can be better informed of how their tax dollars are being spent.
• Economic development: I believe we need to focus our efforts on bringing in more businesses and industries to ensure community growth. There are great opportunities for Pratt to have an economical regional impact by bringing in more businesses and industries. With that being said I think it is important to note that as a city commissioner I believe in being a good steward of citizens' tax dollars. I do not believe the City of Pratt should be involved in the housing development business. As a Commissioner I will advocate to allow housing developers to develop the land for the Maple Street addition. It is very important that we focus on making Pratt a great place to live now and for future generations.