Randy Hague said he decided to run for office because he did not like the path the current commission is taking. He said he brings 35 years of business experience, and he believes he is able to make tough decisions. The two main issues he would like to address are the Kansas Logistics Park and the fairgrounds. “I do not think the county can buy its way to prosperity,” he said. “The number of non-guaranteed bonds is a problem to me. I do not support the current tax abatement system the county uses.” He said he may support a 10-year tiered abatement, and he will look at the number of defaults over the years and also look at the agreed number of employees in those agreements before making any decisions. He also thinks the current fairgrounds by Sand Creek and Athletic Park is a better location than the proposed site south of town. “I would try to work with the city of Newton to acquire the ground just west of the current fairgrounds, either by trading the ground the county bought south of Newton or buying it from the city and selling the ground south of Newton,” he said. “If they expand the current site, they can make improvements in stages.”
— Note: This article is based on information collected for the primary election earlier this year.