Scott HopsonMayor and City Commission Candidate Scott Hopson

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With the coming School Board and City Commission election in April, we asked each candidate for both School Board and City Commission to answer a few questions to help give voters an insight into who is running.  Last week we featured the candidates for School Board and this week we will profile the City Commission candidates that have chosen to respond.   All candidates were given the same list of questions to answer and their responses are being printed exactly as received.  Today, we feature Commission candidate and current Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson.

Please tell about your background.
For those that do not know me, My name is Scott Hopson. I have lived in Eudora for 39 years. I am a       Eudora High School graduate.  I currently work for KCPL as a journeyman lineman.  I also hold a current seat as Mayor of Eudora.
What qualifications do you feel you have for a seat on the City Commission?
I have served the City of Eudora for 8 years as an elected official. I also worked for the City of Eudora for 5 years as an employee. In my 8 years as an elected official I served as a councilman for 4 years and now hold the seat as Mayor. I am the first ex-city employee that has held a seat for the City of Eudora. I have a great understanding of how the City of Eudora operates on a day to day bases, as well as, planning for the future.
What do you think is the most important issue that faces the City Commission and what do you plan to do in regards to that issue? 
The most important issue facing the City Commission in my opinion is the Water Plant. The possibility of pollution from an outside source given the sand pit issue that is currently going on. My plans to oversee the issues will be to check into needed upgrades of the plant via grant money and city participation. Eudora has no secondary source for water at this time. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment will shut down our water plant if pollution was to make it to our well fields. By making these improvement to the water plant it will put control of the water supply in our hands not the county.
What other issues do you feel the City Commission should review or remedy during the next term?
The other issues that need to be addressed is 1) The Notthingham property to bring in future development to that area. 2)  In my opinion the City of Eudora needs to purchase a portion of the southern end of the property to allow for future expansion of the pool, as well as, expanding the Parks and Rec Department.  3) I would also like to see the continuance  with our economic development plan. 4) Setting achievable goals for the Chamber continued Chamber of Commerce improvements such as hiring a part-time director.  All four these items are reliant upon each other for one to succeed they all need to succeed. This all starts with a strong Chamber of Commerce.
Why do you want to sit on the City Commission?
I love Eudora, this is my home town. I want good things for Eudora. Eudora deserves it. I enjoy helping people. You can fight city hall by being part of the solution. I bring a lot of experience and knowledge and I still want to help our community grow in the right direction.
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We will continue to bring you profiles for the City Commission candidates over the course of the week. Candidates will also have the opportunity to answer more in depth questions during the Meet The Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 PM.  The Forum will be held at Eudora City Hall, 4 East 7th Street and the public is invited to attend.

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