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  • CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES: Crawford County Commission, District 2

  • The Morning Sun has asked candidates in contested races to answer a series of questions. They were instructed to limit their responses to 50 words each on the open-form questions. Today’s candidates are for Crawford County Commission, District 2. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

     

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  • The Morning Sun has asked candidates in contested races to answer a series of questions. They were instructed to limit their responses to 50 words each on the open-form questions. Today’s candidates are for Crawford County Commission, District 2. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
    Tim Gintner
    Pittsburg
    Democrat
    Why are you running for office?
    The taxpayers need a full-time commissioner. I’ll give 100 percent of my time to get the job done! We must save and encourage businesses to move into the county. For our county to grow, city and county government agencies have to be working to keep taxes in line.
    What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Crawford County is in a flat economy; tax dollars have to be spent wisely. When our state and federal governments start cutting budgets, our commi ssioners will have to deal with tough times. We cannot waste money on trying to build new roads when we can’t keep up our old ones.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    Our elected officials can no longer keep raising the mill levels and creating more hardship on our taxpayers. All elected officials must work together to hold down spending. When we are trying to bring businesses into Crawford County, we must have jobs to jumpstart our economy!
    Southeast Kansas and Crawford County are among the most economically depressed counties in the state. What would you do to try to tackle the issue of poverty in the region?
    As an elected official and being paid by taxpayers’ dollars, we should hold spending down. When it comes to building new roads, our long-term goals should be to repair and maintain our current ones. If we cannot keep up our current roads, why waste taxpayer dollars building new ones?
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    I plan to do whatever it takes to maintain our roads and intersections. These areas are used by first responders. We must keep all of our employees and taxpayers safe. Over the last three months of attending county commission meetings, I’ve seen decisions that I wonder why they were made.
    Linda K. Grilz
    Frontenac
    Democrat
    Why are you running for office?
    I have a good understanding of how county departments are structured and would like to concentrate efforts on continuing the work I have begun as well as work on long-range planning for the future of Crawford County.
    Page 2 of 3 - What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    Economic Development - both property and sales tax are declining, our only source of revenue. Without those, it becomes difficult to provide services. In addition to seeking new development, investing in existing business is money well spent. We should look at capitalizing on our strengths when looking for  sources of economic development.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    The spirit of working together to solve issues has been evident. We’ve seen cities and counties come together and a partnership across state lines to solve issues. We continue to foster those partnerships with groups like the Highway 69 Association, PSU, FSCC, and working with the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative.
    Southeast Kansas and Crawford County are among the most economically depressed counties in the state. What would you do to try to tackle the issue of poverty in the region?
    It won’t be a quick fix, but making wise decisions to grow our business and industries is a start. We did not find ourselves in this place overnight and it won’t change overnight either. Leadership with an eye to the future is our best shot to reverse this.  
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    I have nearly 40 years of experience and knowledge of this county. I have a proven record of leadership and am not afraid to voice my opinion. The shift of fiscal responsibility from state to local government will require sound decision making and I would like to continue my work.
    Tom Moody
    Frontenac
    Democrat
    Why are you running for office?
    I believe the taxpayers of Crawford County deserve and expect full-time representation from their county commissioner.  I pledge do to just that.  I pledge to go above and beyond what the people want.  I will work.
    What is the biggest challenge facing your board/chamber/position, and what would you do about it?
    To continue to provide services the citizens expect, without additional cost to the taxpayer.  Also, working on economic development, we need jobs.
    What is the biggest area of growth facing your board/chamber/position, and how would you capitalize upon it?
    Figuring out how to fund mandates from the state level without the state providing money to pay for them.
    Southeast Kansas and Crawford County are among the most economically depressed counties in the state. What would you do to try to tackle the issue of poverty in the region?
    Page 3 of 3 - The number one item is to gather people from business, industry, bankers, educators, and chamber members to sit down to make a plan to get more jobs into Crawford County. We have a highly educated, highly trained workforce. We have good schools, low crime and we’re not attracting business. How come?
    What sets you apart from your competition? In essence, why should voters choose you?
    My previous experience as a county commissioner, I’ll devote the time required to return full-time representation to the 2nd district.

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