Graveman: Favors more pro-business posture
Kathy Graveman, who was appointed to the Tonganoxie City Council two years ago, has learned a lot during that time.
Now that she feels she has a better understanding of city government, the 45-year-old businesswoman is seeking election to the council in the April 3 general election. Other candidates are Jonathan Boone, Steve Gumm, incumbent Ray Usher and Emmett Wetta.
"I feel I owe it to the community," Graveman said about her decision to run.
"I feel it is part of my civic duty to become involved. I believe with my business background, I have quite a bit to offer. I don't think city government is anything that anybody can go into and pick up immediately. You have to experience some of the things first. I think the two years' experience is a real benefit to the community."
Graveman and her husband, Bill, own Magnatech Engineering, which manufactures recycling and size reduction equipment. Bill Graveman's parents also are partners in the business.
Kathy and Bill Graveman moved the business to Tonganoxie in 1989, and moved themselves the following year.
They have two children, Michael, 18, and Laura, 15.
Serving on the council is a major time commitment, something Graveman thought carefully about before deciding to seek election.
"We do own our own business, we do have children," she said. "And you have to be able to balance all that."
In her view, growth is the underlying issue in city government.
"I don't have anything in particular that I want to see addressed that we're not addressing currently," she said. "I think we need to look at other revenue sources for the city. I think the major way of doing that is to be more pro-business. I think businesses are the major source of revenue for the city, and I think if we encourage business to come our way, then the revenue will follow."