Support for Koehn

This represents my support and vote for Leroy Koehn to continue as our City Commissioner. Leroy has represented us very not afraid of asking good questions and showing sincere concern about the welfare of our community. Leroy has taken serious ownership of Newton as his business and home are both here. This is a large statement of his faith for our city. Join me with your vote for Leroy Koehn on Nov. 7 to continue as our City Commissioner.

— Tom Williams, Newton


Support for Leroy Koehn

The Nov. 7 City/School General Election is fast approaching. Hopefully, all of us will take time to do something very special. Go vote!

As you are considering how you will vote, I would encourage you to consider Leroy Koehn. Leroy has been a steady hand and a good public servant for the past four years. Newton benefits from his experience as a commissioner, businessman and past board member for a number of civic boards.

Our community has a wide variety of citizens. Leroy has made every effort to be a friend to all, not certain special interests.

Please go vote on Nov. 7! When you are casting your vote for Newton City Commissioners, I would encourage you to cast a vote for Leroy Koehn. He will serve us well.

— Darrell Conrade, Newton 


Support for Becker

I would like to share the reasons why I support Angela Becker for USD 373 Board of Education.

I met Angela Becker shortly after she moved to Newton and was immediately impressed by her energy, enthusiasm and her desire to become involved in the community. Among other things, she is a volunteer volleyball coach at the YMCA for elementary children and serves on the Second Century Library Foundation board. Even though she does not yet have any children, she is dedicated to ensuring the success of children in this community.

One of Angela’s many strong points is her expertise as a financial and data analyst. This is particularly important now with the current cuts in funding and the uncertainty of what will happen in the future. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has many years of experience as a financial analyst where she plans and manages the company budget. I was impressed when she told me she helped her previous employer save $50 million dollars over a two-year period by improving operational efficiency. Our district needs this skillset.

Angela is the first in her family to graduate from college and used education as a way to climb out of a cycle of poverty. She realized early in life that education has the power to change lives and is dedicated to making sure other children have the same chance to succeed.

— Gwen Claassen, North Newton


Support for Albers

It's difficult to miss all the signs for political candidates planted in lots both occupied and empty around our city, but learning whether these candidates support your view of Newton's future requires a little research.

One of the names on these signs is new this year — Libby Albers. Libby has lived in Newton 17 years and has already invested in her community through volunteerism and as a co-owner of Pages Books and Coffee, a vibrant fixture on Main for a number of years. Now she is willing to serve as a city commissioner, and I would like to provide a few reasons why she would be a breath of fresh air.

Libby has 20 years of public service ranging from working for the City of Wichita to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Tourism to her current position as director of Hesston Public Library. Not only does she understand the workings of government, she knows how to work with the public and is an effective communicator. Due to Libby's efforts, Hesston Public Library was awarded the Best Small Public Library Award by the Kansas Library Association in 2015. The association singled out Libby's leadership in enabling her staff to work with the State Historian, Hesston Community Foundation, Hesston College, Hesston Record, Hesston Mennonite Church and USD 460 to organize a week-long series of remembrance activities, including a digital special collection of oral histories and images, for the 25th anniversary of a tornado that swept through Hesston.

— Beverley Olson Buller, Newton



Letter policy

The Kansan encourages readers to express their views about issues through letters to the editor. Letters in support of political candidates in the Nov. 7 election should be no longer than 250 words, not from an immediate family member and received by 5 p.m. Oct. 30, 2017. Include your name, telephone number and address so we can verify you wrote the letter. All other letters should be 400 words or fewer. All letters must be typewritten or submitted electronically. Handwritten letters will not be accepted. All letters may be edited for length, good taste and to eliminate potentially libelous statements.  Publication of letters is on a first come, first served basis and include the author’s name and hometown. You may send your letter by mail to: The Newton Kansan, P.O. Box 268, 121 W. Sixth St., Newton KS 67114; by fax to 283-2471 or by email to