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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Wayne ?Valentine 

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  • Background:

    I am a lifetime Kansan and was born in Wellington. I spent my adult life in Wichita, attended WSU, receiving a B.A. in Education and an M.A. in Education Administration. I spent eight years in teaching: history, citizenship and a government course called “Law and Society,” and worked in office equipment sales for 30 years, serving weekly Newton and the surrounding Harvey County area. I retired in March 2011 and purchased a home in Newton in October 2010. My wife and I have been married 27 years, with three children and five grandchildren. Our youngest child is married with two boys and lives in Newton, and her husband is the Cox store manager.

    Reasons for running?for office:

    Public office is a public trust! Serving the community is my highest priority, doing so by engaging the people of this community for their thoughts and concerns.Give back to the community:?1. I was a sales representative to the Newton community for 30 years.?2. I now want to be a representative of the Newton community, watching over our tax dollars.?3. Upon settling in Newton, I immediately became involved in volunteering in the community.?4. I currently serve at the Newton Surgery Center, Newton Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, RSVP One-On-One program, and am a Newton Area Senior Center volunteer and Board member.My wife and I chose Newton as our community of retirement, leaving city living in Wichita. I want to promote Newton for the same reasons we chose to live here: inviting, friendly, small but thriving community, offering a slower pace of life.I have become very concerned about spending and debt issues, which impact all of us. I take serious the thoughts shared with me through door-to-door campaigning:?1. Keep Newton friendly and inviting, offering a different pace of life away from the city.?2. Keep small town attraction, with good schools, infrastructure, growth, and not become Wichita.

    ?What are the issues you think are most important to address:?¦ Expenditures in developing the Logistics Park with nothing to show for it.?¦ Meridian Center costs of operations after one year: “not meant for profit, but to draw business to downtown.”?¦ YMCA vs. Newton Recreation Center: promote one and slight the other??¦ Homeless shelter: the future of its location, a decision that cannot continue to be put off.?¦ Water and sewer rates.?

    Why are you the best?candidate for the job:?My background in teaching and sales has prepared me for working well with people. I am diligent in taking a matter, researching it and arriving at a solution, seeing it through to its implementation. I believe that it is important to address problems that arise immediately and in an open and candid way.?What should the community of Newton look like?10 years in the future:?¦ Thriving industrial growth, with new, sound businesses, as well as continued growth in existing industries.?¦ A bustling downtown that offers the people a reason to stay and “shop Newton.”?¦ Fine schools and a superb medical community continuing to serve the families of Newton.?¦ Maintaining that small community, friendly atmosphere, and slower pace of life that Newtonians have always appreciated.

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