Gumm: Hopeful years in banking helps city
Steve Gumm hopes he can help the city ease its growing pains.
Gumm is one of five candidates in the April 3 general election for three open seats on the Tonganoxie City Council. Other candidates are Jonathan Boone incumbent Kathy Graveman, incumbent Ray Usher and Emmett Wetta
"What I hope to do is add expertise to help the city make difficult decisions about issues that they face with regard to growing pains," Gumm said. "As Tonganoxie continues to grow, I want it to retain a high quality of life for the people who live here, basically trying to make the right decisions with the rules that the city already has agreed to. If those specific guidelines are not applicable, then we probably need to change them."
To Gumm, the central issue facing all Tonganoxie residents is growth.
"Some people are for growth, and some people are not for growth," he said. "I'm for controlled growth."
He said he would serve with an open mind.
"I don't really have an agenda," he said.
The 41-year-old bank employee lives at 1012 Bury with his wife, Heather, and son, Tyler, 11, and daughters, Danielle, 9, and Rachel, 4. The family have lived in Tonganoxie five and one-half years, and Gumm is a senior vice president at First State Bank and Trust, where his primary responsibilities center on commercial and real estate lending.
The Glasco native has 19 years of banking experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Fort Hays State University, as well as a banking degree from a graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.