This Primary Election will narrow the field of Candidates to 4, and then in the General Election on April 1st 2003, you will again be asked to vote for those that you want to be your City Commissioner.
If You elect me as YOUR Commissioner, I promise that I will work hard for you, and will be available to listen to what you have to say.
My telephone number is: 331-4518, and my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Together, we can make a difference.
Everyone's vote counts, Everyone's voice deserves to be heard!
I established residency in Independence, Kansas in February of 1982, and have lived, and worked in the community ever since.
I am the Proud father of 2 Wonderful Children, Heather Hixon 24, and Ryan Hixon 21, and the Proud Grandfather of 1 year old Jasmine, all of Independence.
I am an Independent Contractor, and also a Firefighter/EMT with the Montgomery County Rural Fire District 1 - Independence Division, and have been a member for the past 14 years, I serve on the Board of the Montgomery County Firefighter's Relief Association, and also serve on the Board of Trustees of Montgomery County Rural Fire District 1, and have held the office of Board Secretary for the past 5 years, and was elected to a sixth term on the Fire Board in November of 2002.
I am a past President of the Independence Lions Club, serving 1993-1994, and a past Christmas Light Chairman for the Main Street Project.
Although I made an unsuccessful bid for City Commissioner 2 years ago, I filed again for the office of City Commissioner, because of a strong background in public service, and a continuing desire to help make a positive difference in our Community.
Some of the areas that intend to focus on, should I be elected, are: Zoning, Growth, Development, and Public Safety.
Another issue that I will address, is the current Zoning regulations that have been put into place that hamper economic growth and development of future business that want to locate in Independence. Deliberate sabotage of zoning regulations in order to protect our downtown business structure, is not the answer. As your Commissioner, I will work to remove those barriers, and to attract new business to Independence. New businesses mean new jobs, new jobs mean new residents, and new residents mean increased shopping, housing, and all around economic improvement for the entire City, both downtown, and beyond.
Please let me say again, Downtown is vital to our city's economy and structure, but it is not an island, and mutual attention should be given to ALL businesses in Independence.
I am NOT bound, or swayed by any special interest groups, and if elected, will work hard to remove the keys to the City of Independence from a choice few, and return them to their rightful owners, which is the entire Citizen population of the City of Independence.
I am not out to represent just the "Who's Who" of Independence, but rather to serve the "Who Matters" in Independence, and that is EVERYONE!
I believe EVERYONE has a right to voice their ideas, a right to be heard, and to have a Commissioner that will take those voices to City Hall, and to make sure that they are heard.