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Citizens coalition leader files for 2nd District seat

June 6, 2008

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Nancy Thellman, a Presbyterian minister and leader of a citizens coalition, filed Thursday for the 2nd District seat on the Douglas County Commission.

Thellman, a Democrat who lives in Grant Township, said she had considered running for public office for sometime.

"That desire has been in me for quite awhile," she said. "It really seemed like a good fit for me and my time in life."

Her involvement in opposing an airport business park proposal and organizing a grassroots group, Citizens for Responsible Planning, increased that interest, Thellman said. That led her to became involved in local issues and she learned more about how city and county governments work, she said.

The county needs leaders who can build good working relationships among citizens, commerce and local government, Thellman said.

"I have no doubt this county commission election will be focused on critical issues such as local jobs and taxes," she said. "But there's an overarching issue we must face that's not so easily identified, and that's the fact that we're too often a community divided."

Among the issues of importance Thellman identified:

¢ Economic development. Thellman wants thoughtful strategies, especially in urban growth. There needs to be a balance between the need to grow the economy with responsibility to protect the public from risky speculation, she said.

¢ Stewardship of natural resources. Access to water and developable land will be important and contentious issues for the next county commission, as local cities examine development opportunities, Thellman said.

¢ Transportation. Building new highways and byways while struggling to maintain what we already have will be a planning challenge, she said.

Thellman was born and raised in Lawrence. She is a former registered nurse. She serves on several community boards and committees.

Comments

bearded_gnome 7 years, 1 month ago

thank you Cool, you have identified MS. Thellman. besides the fact she's a democrat. I wondered from her comments if she is part of the lunatic fringe left that abides in lawrence; now, I know for sure. translation of her urban growth comments: any employer has to pass unreasonable tests regarding pay scales and promises of new jobs they can't be expected to meet; taxes go up; economy, what economy? also, female pastor, shows how she is concerned for what the Bible actually says "shall be the husband of one wife" requirement for pastors, in the new testament written by paul.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 1 month ago

oh, and just an aside to ol' Cool:you think you are so morally superior for shopping at Checkers because it is locally owned. yes it is locally owned, but just about all of what he sells comes from the eeeeeeevil corporations you hate!Cool, you're great at providing comic relief! thanks. you are a valued participant on the award-winning LJWorld comment board. you, in your parody of a real person, do us all a favor.

xyz 7 years, 1 month ago

Nancy Thellman will make an excellent county commissioner.

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