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Ellinwood City Council, EDH board candidates speak out
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ELLINWOOD — The Ellinwood City Council has three at-large positions open for the election on April 3. The Ellinwood District Hospital board has one position open.
Those running are:
Rick Wilson
Incumbent Wilson is married and has two daughters. He is the manager of Pawnee County Coop and has been on the city council for two years.
“I enjoy working on issues that better the city,” said Wilson. “It’s something I can do to make the city better.”
Kirk Clawson
Incumbent Clawson has been on the  city council for six years. He is married and has three children.
“Basically, I enjoy being on the city council,” said Clawson. “I have a lot of fun with it.
“It’s a real neat humbling experience to see how the city is actually run,” said Clawson.
He works operating heavy machinery and is part owner. He is a native of Ellinwood.
Branden Rapp
Incumbent Rapp has been on the council for two years. He has one son and works for a radiator service.
“It’s pretty interesting how this town runs,” said Rapp. “I didn’t think there would be much and I found out there is a lot. I found out there is a lot to this small town.”
Rapp has served in the military. “I went into the service, and didn’t think my service should stop,” he said. “I got a lot of support (in the military).”
Being a city council member is a way to give back, he said.
Kathleen Hines
Hines is running for the council to do a little more for the community. She has been unable to run in the past because her husband worked for the city.
“I love living here,” she said. But, “I am not a yes person.”
She said she has no agenda.
Hines is the ER director at Ellinwood District Hospital and a nurse. She is married and has two children.
Ellinwood District Hospital board
Richard Kimple
Richard Kimple is running unopposed for the position.
Kimple said that the board is considering some facilities upgrades that are still in limbo. He also sees the importance of the jobs that the hospital provides for the community of Ellinwood.