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***On Tuesday, February 27, 2001***


On Tuesday, February 27th, you will be asked to choose from a list of 9 candidates, to fill 2 seats on the City Commission, this primary election will narrow the field of Candidates from 9 to 4, and then the general election in April, you will again be asked to vote for the 2 candidates of those 4 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: 331-5920, and my e-mail address is: ... Together, we can make a difference..Everyones vote counts, Everyones voice deserves to be heard.

Hello, My name is Charley Hixon, and I am a candidate for City Commissioner for the City of Independence, Kansas.

I established residency in Independence, Kansas in February of 1982, and have lived, and worked in the community ever since.

I am currently an Independent Contractor for an Online web based community called Talk City, which is based in Campbell, California, and also freelance in Computer Graphics, and Web Design.

I am the Proud father of 2 Wonderful Children, Heather Hixon 22, and Ryan Hixon 19, of Independence.

I am a Kansas Certified Emergency Medical Technician, (EMT) and I am a Firefighter with the Montgomery County Rural Fire District 1 - Independence Division, and have been a member since 1989, I 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 3 years, and was elected to a fourth term on the Fire Board in November of 2000.

I am a past President of the Independence Lions Club, serving 1993-1994, and a past Christmas Light Chairman for the Main Street Project.

I filed for the office of City Commissioner, because of a strong belief in public service, and a strong desire to help make a difference in our Community.

Some of the areas that intend to focus on, should I be elected, are: Zoning, Growth, Development, and Public Safety.

One big issue that is facing Independence, is the current study underway by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) that may involve a bypass around the entire city, of US-75 highway, a move that would cause a major economic depression on every aspect of our City. Currently, no one at City Hall appears to be addressing this potentialy disastrous situation. As your Commissioner, I will work hard and diligently to attempt to prevent a bypass of US-75 around Independence, so our business, tourism, and economic interests are protected.

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.


I do want to Clarify: I think that Independence has one of the most attractive and prosperous downtown areas in the state, and I too want to see it continue to grow and be successful, but also the downtown area is not an island, and is only a part of the City. We have businesses North, South, East.. and yes West, and all businesses must be treated in an equitable manner, and allowed to expand, and branch out, regardless of which area of the city it is in. The more choices of businesses there are, and those future businesses that choose to locate in Independence will determine how many people Shop at home, rather than to travel to Bartlesville, Joplin, or Tulsa. Common sense says that everyone benefits when its residents spend their money at home rather than out of town.

Click here to see Ordinance 3838

Public Safety is an issue that is very important for all citizens. I have been involved in emergency services in Montgomery County since 1989, and feel that I have a good deal of first hand experence in the needs of the various departments, and will make issues of public safety: Police, Fire and EMS a priority as your Commissioner.

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 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.

If elected, I will be that Commissioner

Ryan, Charley, and Heather Hixon

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January 23, 2001... The deadline has ended for filing for City Commission as of Today at 12 noon, As of the deadline, 9 people have filed for 2 at-large seats on the Independence City Commission, to see a list of the other candidates that have filed, Click here , A primary election will be held on Tuesday, February 27th, the top four candidates that receive the most votes that day will proceed to the general election in April.

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