Archive for Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Candidate’s promise: ‘I have no agendas’

January 24, 2007

Now that he's retired from General Motors, Tom Putthoff has time to get involved in Tonganoxie city government.

And so last week, he filed for Tonganoxie City Council, which has two open seats.

"Being a lifelong resident of Tonganoxie, I feel I have time now to look at issues and, I think, to make a contribution to the city and hopefully move it along through the future," the 52-year-old Putthoff said.

Putthoff graduated from Ton-ganoxie High in 1972 and then served four years in the U.S. Air Force.

After his discharge, he worked for 28 years on the assembly line at General Motors' Fairfax plant, followed by another two years in GM's general assembly offices as document center administrator.

When he retired last February, he took a part-time job with the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission, working about 25 hours a week mowing and performing maintenance. In his spare time, he lives to golf. And he's active in Parkway Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.

He and his wife, Andrea, have three children, Zack, who lives in Lafayette, Colo., which is north of Denver, and Mike and Lindsey, who live at home.

Putthoff is against the city spending funds on the upgrade to County Road 1, saying he believes the money could be used for other needs in the city.

But he says he doesn't plan to walk into city hall with a list of to-do's.

"I have no agendas," he said. "I'd just like to help the city work toward the future."

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