Two men, both Republicans, seek the post of Wakarusa Township treasurer. The township is Douglas County's largest. Key issues facing township voters are efforts to continue paving township roads and completion of a new fire station.
Alan Button, 61, lives at 1316 N. 1082 Road. He is a purchasing manager at Chaney Inc. He and his wife, Zee, have two grown children, Kim and Mark.
Button has lived in Douglas County for 30 years. Before working at Chaney, he retired from Kansas Public Service after 34 years. His last position at the utility was assistant manager of customer service.
He has served on the Red Cross board of directors and with the Douglas County Amateur Baseball Assn.
"I'm for all we can do to hard-surface all the roads that we can afford," he said. "I think the new fire department is needed to better our fire protection in the northern part of the county."
Seeking re-election to a third term as treasurer is Chuck Ledom, 66.
A self-employed businessman, he lives at 1258 N. 1100 Road. He and wife, Mary, have eight grown children: Becky, Mark, Susan, Teresa, Greg, Kathy, John and Joshua. He has 22 grandchildren.
Ledom has lived in Douglas County for 43 years and owned and operated several Lawrence businesses, including an auction and a construction company. He retired a few years ago.
He is a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church.
"I want to do everything I can as a board member to pave all the township roads. If I'm elected, we could do another 24 miles," he said.
"We've set up a good program out there about getting a fire station north of Sixth Street," he said. "We're in negotiations with the landowner right now to get that in, and I'd like to see that come through by this time next year."