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With the upcoming elections for City Commission and School Board, we wanted to take time to highlight each candidate in the race.
All candidates were sent a questionnaire to fill out and respond to. We will print the responses to those questions here over the course of the next few days. We told the candidates that the responses will be presented as sent to us with no editing.
First to be highlighted is former Mayor and current City Commissioner Ruth Hughs:
Please tell about your background and qualifications for a position on the City Commission.
I have served on the City Commission for 5 years. I was appointed in 2010 for a one year term when a former commissioner was unable to complete his term. This turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for me to “get my feet wet”. I discovered that I enjoyed the challenge of serving on the commission and decided to run for a 4 year term and much to my delight I was elected to the commission in April 2011. Last year I had the honor to serve in the capacity of the mayor.
Voters in this election will be asked if they want to raise the City sales tax by ¾ of a percent to help fund the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and other capital expenditures. If this passes, what specific needs would you recommend that money going towards?
We are a city that appreciates quality family time and community events. Over the past few years we have seen the use of our swimming pool, Rec Center, trails, parks, and ball fields grow. I believe the ¾ of a percent city tax increase money will give us the opportunity to upgrade CPA Park and other smaller parks, build new trails, enhance our swimming pool, and make new ballfields. Another way I would like to see the money used is to enlarge the Recreation Center as it is bursting at the seams. Money spent enhancing our parks and recreation programs is a win for the citizens as it helps create more opportunities for living a healthy lifestyle.
Where do you feel the city is in regards to economic development and what would you do in regards to economic development in the future?
What I have learned over the past 5 years about economic development is that it takes money, time, great planning, hard work, and dedication to grow our economy in Eudora. I believe we are now much better prepared to make significant strides in economic development. We recently completed a Buxton study that gives us important information that will help us market Eudora to new businesses.
The most visible piece of land available for development is the property where the old Nottingham School and Laws Field currently sit. As a City Commissioner, what specifically would like to see done with this property?
The Nottingham site is the most desirable piece of real estate in Eudora. I believe that it should be developed according to the guidelines as established by the school board and the commission in 2010. I also believe that a total site plan is essential for adequate planning.
What other issues do you think are important that the City Commission should look at?
There are several issues I believe the commission will want to address in the near future. Our city will need to add another law enforcement officer as we continue to grow. It is also my belief that Eudora should have an ambulance stationed at the Public Works building 24/7. I hope to see that happen in the near future.
Why do you want to sit on the City Commission?
My track record shows that I am invested in helping Eudora grow and thrive. I would consider it a privilege to serve my city again in this capacity.
The City elections will be held on Tuesday, April 7. Polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Voters can vote early by mail or by going to the Douglas County Courthouse. For more information on advance voting you can visit the Douglas County Elections website: https://www.douglascountyks.org/depts/voting-and-elections/advance-voting
Three of the five candidates running for the City Commission will be selected. On the School Board, 6 candidates are vying for four seats.
We will have more in depth information about polling places as we near Election Day. The remaining candidates will be profiled over the next few days.