This is part of a series of responses from candidates for the Nov. 6, 2018 election.
County Commission District #1 (vote for one)
Clinton L. Walker 1999 105th St. Mapleton 66754 Democratic
Lynne D. Oharah 2120 95th St. Uniontown 66779 Republican
Here are the responses from incumbent Lynne Oharah:
Name: Lynne Oharah
Candidate for the position of County Commissioner District 1
Place of residence: 2120 95th St. Uniontown, Ks.
Current occupation: Semi-retired, Current County Commissioner District 1
Community involvement: USA Navy Veteran, Past Kansas State Representative. Former USD235 School Board Member for 10 years. Current member of the Uniontown Ruritan club. Member of the Southeast Kansas Planning Committee.
Party affiliation: Republican
What is the biggest issue, if elected, and how do you plan to address it?
Growing the economy and reducing taxes. We have held the line on raising the mill levy and raising the mill levy in the future is not an option. We must make every effort to reduce taxes through economic growth which will increase our population and provide new avenues for growth and continue providing services needed and wanted by the public.
The programs that have been started are the Bourbon County Neighborhood Revitalization Program which is already starting to show results, the continuation of the partnership with CrawKan Telephone Company to provide broadband access to the highspeed internet, plans to promote a Data Center (server farm) in the old jail facility.
We must work with all business, existing and new, agriculture and not-agriculture, to promote growth.
Another extremely important issue to be addressed is dealing with the loss of Mercy Hospital. We must work together, county, cities, and communities, to address how we provide quality medical services to the population of Bourbon County.
I would be very involved in this process and be part of a team to that will work to ensure we do have the medical services we need.