Marvin Torneden candidate questionnaire responses
Editor's note: The following are responses to a questionnaire mailed to candidates in the upcoming Aug. 5 primary election. Look for more candidate profiles and full responses to the questions leading up to the primary
Name: Marvin Torneden
Place of residence: Linwood
Birthdate: May 22, 1942
Family: Marvel, wife; Mary, daughter; Mark, son; Marvin, son; three grandchildren
Education: High School and some college
Political and government experience: Reno Township Fire Department (10 years), Army National Guard (six years), roadwork with Reno Township (two years)
Clubs or organizations: Stanwood Friends Church
Why are you running for the commission seat? "To bring the government back to the people through voting accountability and integrity."
What is your top priority for Leavenworth County? "Organize growth if there is to be growth, and keep rural roads in shape."
The current county commission has committed special sales tax revenue to several capital improvement projects, including the County Road 1 interchange project in southern Leavenworth and a countywide communications upgrade. How would you like to see these projects handled if elected? "By the vote of the people on major projects with rights of the minority in mind."
For the past five budget cycles, commissioners have reduced the county's mill levy - of the percentage of assessed value that county property owners pay in property tax each year. What efforts would you make to hold the line on or decrease property taxes, if any? "I would make any and all possible efforts to hold the line or decrease taxes."
Leavenworth County is experiencing a time of residential and commercial growth. What steps might you take to manage that growth? "(Maintain) separate zones for residential and commercial and (foster) organized growth with roads as the backbone that are in place."
As a county commissioner, you would assume authority over more than 400 county employees - including a newly hired county administrator - and would constantly interact with them, other municipalities' elected officials and members of the public. What kind of leadership, administrative and interpersonal skills do you possess? How would you work with the administrator and county department heads to make decisions and develop/implement policy? "I have been a leader for over 35 years in groups, also working with budgets with church and farming. (I would work with) department heads with their experience in mind."
Are you in favor of locating a combined regional airport and industrial complex in Leavenworth County? Why or why not? "Only if approved by voters and didn't raise taxes. It would have to be self-supporting."
What differentiates you from the other candidates filing for this office? "I have experience working with people, working with budgets, road work, rural life (and I am) a lifelong resident of Reno Township."