Interview with Kenny Clark – Candidate for Bourbon County 2nd District Commissioner

Kenny Clark is a Republican running for Bourbon County 2nd District Commissioner in the upcoming election. Here are a few interview questions with his answers.

1. Please tell readers a little bit about yourself and your background.

My name is Kenny Clark, Jr. I moved to Bourbon County in 1970 from Chanute, Kansas and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1974.  I worked construction jobs and started working for the Kansas Department of Transportation in 1977.  I married Debbie Dawson in February 1979.  we have 1 son, Kenny Clark, III.  I retired from KDOT in September of 2011.  We have lived on our farm south of Fort Scott for 29 years.

2. Why are you running for office?

I believe my experience with KDOT will help with the issues of our county roads and I have dealt with keeping cost down & within a budget to save our taxpayers money.

3. What do you feel is the single most important issue facing the county?

Keeping within a budget and trying to decide how to distribute the money throughout the county, so that it is beneficial to the taxpayers.

4. Why do you think you are a better choice for voters than the incumbent? (If you are the incumbent, why do you think you are a better choice than others who are running?)

I believe I am the better canidate as I have experience with road construction and multi-million dollar contracts, as a project manager.  My dutys included keeping the public informed on the progress and to see if they had any issues that needed to be addressed.

5. What is the single most important skill you would bring to the office?

My 35 year of experience in road construction with K.D.O.T  I started in Oct 1977 in the maintence department, after about a year & half I transfered to the construction side of K.D.O.T.  Early years was to survey, test and inspection.  Later years I was project manager, dealing with contractors, contract dollars and the general public, trying to keep them informed and to deal with any issues they might have.

6. If elected, what would your top priority be during your first 90 days?

If elected my top priority is to look at the budget and try to help the people of Bourbon County with the concerns of how our tax dollars are being spent.

7. Health insurance is one of the fastest growing expenses the county is facing. What are some ways you’d recommend the county deal with this issue?

Health insurance is not only a issue of Bourbon County but an issue of our Country.  We need to look at the plan in effect and see if there is some way to reduce the cost without losing benefit coverage.

With this said I would like to thank those who have read or listened to my opinions & comments.

A Candidate Forum will be held on July 31 in the Theater of the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the Campus of Fort Scott Community College.  Forum begins at 6 pm. Doors open at 5:30.  The Public is encouraged to attend.  This event is sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce.

Be sure to vote on August 7!

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