Chat with John Flower, Leavenworth County Commission District 3 candidate
October 23, 2008
John Flower, Republican candidate for Leavenworth County Commission District 3, will be chatting at noon Thursday, Oct. 23.
This chat has already taken place. Read the transcript below.
Hello, I'm Shawn Linenberger, news editor of The Mirror newspaper in Tonganoxie. I'll be the moderator today for our online chat with John Flower, Republican candidate for Leavenworth County Commission District 3.
John should be with us shortly.
Hi Shawn, thanks for giving me the oportunity to respond the questions on the issues.
While we are waiting for questions to be submitted, we will offer you some questions we've prepared. And a reminder, during this chat, we welcome readers' questions.
First off, John, can you tell us why you are running for Leavenworth County Commission?
I’ve been involved in the community in many ways since moving back 6 years ago un;ike my opponent. I’ve come to see my previous experience and background should be used to help the County. The county is entering a time where my experience in developing long term plans in and dealing with the day to day activities will be critical to holding down taxes and improving the economy and quality of life for Leavenworth County citizens. During these last six years I’ve been able to produce results and forge relationships with a number of people to improve the quality of life in southern Leavenworth County. I found I derived great pleasure in these activities.
I’ve involved myself in both county and local government. In this involvement I found I could use my experience and background to product positive results. I felt I should use my talents to serve the people of Southern Leavenworth County. I serve as Chairman of the Basehor Planning and Zoning Commission. I am also treasurer of the Basehor Community Library and help lead the library to successfully passing an almost $3 million bond issue for the new Basehor Community Library. If you haven’t been by to see it please do, it’s one of the finest in the state of Kansas. I’m also involved in my Church and was co chair of a recent successful capital campaign to help pay off our debt and expand our outreach programs. Bottom line, I think my experience, proven leadership, zest for life, commitment and willingness to serve fulltime as your County Commissioner places me in high consideration to serve you as your next County Commissioner.
Thank you, John. As we wait for questions from our online audience, here is another question from our staff:
You’ve been out campaigning and participating in forums throughout this campaign. What are the top few concerns you’re hearing most from voters and how do you plan to address those concerns?
The concerns I hear, thankfully are the same issues my platform is based on. 1. Control spending & taxes, 2. Enhance economic development & 3. Improve communications both between governments and the citizens. My business background provides me the ability to be prepared day one to be effective as County Commissioner. I expertise in setting and meeting budget, I developed business cases to start up new companies or product lines. I then implemented those plans and help build multi-million businesses. My interpersonal skills and personnel management abilities have been tested time and again. I've managed people spread all over the US to successful results. These skills also will allow me to actively work with my fellow Commissioners as well as the Leavenworth County Port Authority to bring new good paying jobs to Leavenworth County. Early in my campaign I made a promise I would hold open meeting in southern Leavenworth County, inviting all elected officials as well as citizens to sit down and have town hall meeting once a quarter. I feel this is very important to knowing what is happening and what the priorities should be.
John, Construction continues on a controversial project — the County Road 1 interchange, which will become Leavenworth County’s first access to the Kansas Turnpike on Interstate-70. What are your plans for growth along County Road 1 south of Tonganoxie?
Currently the city of Tonganoxie and the Commissioners are developing an inter-local agreement, which, among other issues addresses the land use along Cty Rd 1. This is where my background in Strategic Planning plus my time as Chairman of the Basehor Planning and Zoning Board will be of tremendous benefit. In my approach the first thing is to insure development will use a planned approach. The plan will not force anyone to give up their land for development if they don’t want to sell to development. Secondly, for those wanting to sell, the land use will be denoted in the master plan so each land owner will know what their land would be used for if ever sold. Why does this matter? The simple answer is there will be significant land set aside to remain agriculture. Consequently, not all land will be perceived as developable. The people I’ve talked to think this road will be business end to end and it will not be. We must carefully plan development we want and where it should be. This is called Smart Growth.
We have time for one final question:
It recently was reported Leavenworth County has been shorted $192,000 in gas tax disbursals from the state. What are your thoughts on this issue?
This is a large amount of money, which, we need to recover. My concern is how and how long it will take to receive this misapplied money. My background will allow me to review the documents and make recommendations on recovery. In addition, my interpersonal skill in negotiating will allow me to work with the state along with my fellow County Commissioners. This issues brings to light the difference between myself and my competitor. While we share a vision for Leavenworth County to be a good place to live in 20 years. I also want it to be a good place to work and affordable. To have a vision without action is to only dream. Mr. Henderson has lived here for 4 years and has had little to no involvement in making this a better place to live. While I on the other hand I’ve been heavily involved through attending council meeting throughout southern Leavenworth County as well as serving actively on Basehor Community Library, Chairman of the Basehor Planning and Zoning Commission to mention only two of my many civic activities. Mr. Henderson indicates he is backed by 5 of the loosing opponents from the primary. These individuals respectively had 85% to 90% of their own party tell them they didn’t like their ideas and voted against them. They now are supporting my opponent because his ideas are in sync with his. The question comes down to do you want someone who has already proven their commitment to Leavenworth County or someone who just dreams.
John, thank you for taking time to join us today.
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Our next chat will be at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 23 with Timothy Moran. He is the Democratic candidate for Kansas House of Representatives, District 42.
And be sure to check back to our sites for addtional chats being scheduled as we enter the final days leading to the Nov. 4 election.
Shawn, I see our time is up if anyone want to see my answers on othere issues please direct them to your website or to mycountymagazine.com Thanks for the discussion.