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Archive for Friday, October 3, 2008

Contenders clash over development viewpoints

Republican David L. Brown and Democrat Nancy Thellman deliver their opening statements.

October 3, 2008

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Douglas County Commission candidates Nancy Thellman, left, listens to an answer from her opponent David L. Brown during Thursday night's forum at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. 6News Director Cody Howard moderated the forum sponsored by the Voter Education Coalition.

Douglas County Commission candidates Nancy Thellman, left, listens to an answer from her opponent David L. Brown during Thursday night's forum at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. 6News Director Cody Howard moderated the forum sponsored by the Voter Education Coalition.

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Two 2nd District Douglas County Commission candidates Thursday night sought to convince voters they were the best choice to lead the county during challenging economic times.

Democrat Nancy Thellman said the county, city and Chamber of Commerce should not forget the economic potential of its agricultural industry during an economic downturn.

"Our agricultural resources in this county are rich," said Thellman, a Presbyterian minister who lives in rural Lawrence.

Her opponent, Republican David L. Brown, said the county must work on a more comprehensive economic development package to attract all kinds of jobs, including making the area more appealing to small businesses.

"A lot of our kids are having to go other places to work and then return to here," said Brown, a retired Douglas County Sheriff's officer and a farmer and rancher who lives north of Baldwin City.

The candidates are seeking to replace Republican Bob Johnson on the commission in the district that includes southeastern Lawrence, North Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City and most of eastern Douglas County.

They addressed several other issues during a Voter Education Coalition forum at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Brown said he "wholeheartedly" supported the 32nd Street route for completing the South Lawrence Trafficway especially because of the mitigation plan for the Baker Wetlands.

Thellman said state budget decisions and likely litigation filed by opponents will have a bigger role than the county commission, but she had cost and safety concerns about the 32nd Street route because of the mixing of heavy truck and residential traffic.

Thellman said the former Farmland Industries site along Kansas Highway 10 would be the best industrial development site in the county if it could be cleaned up properly.

Expanding the number of industrial sites to offer, including along Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 56 in southern Douglas County, also needs to be explored, Brown said.

Comments

Ralph Reed 5 years, 6 months ago

You on the right article Donnuts?

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Donnuts 5 years, 6 months ago

I guess you don't remember me but I am the punk nobody wants in their church because of some pedophile minister and the others social engineering techniques. I sure am proud to ever have been one of you. Meanwhile I have a bunch of legal monkeys chasing me around about some potato chimps and some fascist @ss screaming in my ear all day about why I didn't want to go to a church where the minister and his entire congregation, all they can think about are their peckers.Well, I am not sure how you and they think they know me much because they never listened to me before. They just seemed to make up everything about me behind my back.So why don't you all celebrate with an ice cream social.If you think I am actually going to voluntarily listen to any of you think again. Call me Nirvana one more time. Huh. That dude can hardly play the guitar and that foo fighters guy sucks about as bad.King Kong is on AMC right now and all I can think about is how I could not manage to make it through College without being harassed so much about your sex life and the color of your skin that I could not manage to write for National Geographic. If you don't think that was my goal, my parents basement is full of the magazines.

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Donnuts 5 years, 6 months ago

Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.

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Ralph Reed 5 years, 6 months ago

Voting for Nancy Thellman myself.A question. Why did the Voter Education Coalition schedule this on the same night as the VEEP debate?

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sandrat7 5 years, 6 months ago

I think David Brown will make a great county commisioner.

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