Candidate profile: Beverly “Bev” Oroke
Editor's note: The following candidate profile, written by reporter Joel Walsh, continues The Mirror's series on local candidates running in primary elections Aug. 5
If elected to the 3rd District Leavenworth County Commission seat in November, Republican candidate Beverly "Bev" Oroke says she will make "thoughtful and sometimes tough decisions" in order to lay a plan for future growth.
"I want to serve the residents of our county so that all taxpayers can receive maximum value for our tax dollars," Oroke said in a recent candidate questionnaire mailed to all commission candidates on the ballot in an Aug. 5 primary election. " : I would weigh every dollar of county expenditure relative to its benefit to the taxpayers in the same way I think about my personal budget."
The only female candidate for the commission seat and the former wife of current commissioner Dean Oroke, Beverly "Bev" Oroke said she has learned many skills necessary for the job from him and others and through her experience in the engineering, construction and commercial development fields.
"I have the business experience, knowledge and leadership to perform in this capacity," she said. " : I have held several management positions and interfaced with top management, legal professionals, contract negotiations, facilities, accounting and human resource management. I am a team builder, and I certainly am aware of the responsibilities of this very important position."
Asked where she stands on various capital improvement projects underway in the county, including the County Road 1 interchange project and a countywide communications upgrade, Bev Oroke said the goal of the communications project is to "provide state-of-the art equipment for those in the county's emergency service departments and, in turn, provide the best quality services to the patrons."
She added that a comprehensive master plan for "appropriate development" along County Road 1 is necessary to ensure the highest return possible for taxpayer dollars.
Bev Oroke also said a comprehensive plan in general will help guide future growth in the county.
"Where we choose to locate arterial and collector streets will dictate land utilization," she noted.
In response to the question, "Are you in favor of locating a combined regional airport and industrial complex in Leavenworth County," Oroke said Leavenworth is "the only large county in the state without a regional airport."
She said she would base her decision on the results of an airport justification study that is to begin in the coming months but added, "If the FAA would support the regional airport, there is the possibility of matching funds from that source."
Bev Oroke will vie for the 3rd District Republican nomination in an Aug. 5 election along with John Flower, Francis Hurla, Dave Taylor, William "Bill" Merkel, Marvin Torneden and Tony Klamm.
A Nov. 4 general election with sole Democratic challenger Pete Henderson is set to follow.
Check next week's Mirror for profiles on more of the candidates running for the 3rd District County Commission post, and for Bev Oroke's full responses to a candidate questionnaire, go online at www.tonganoxiemirror.com.