HOISINGTON — Hoisington has several positions on the city council available for the April 3 election.
Hoisington, Ward 1
Current Ward 1 council member Mandy Urban is not running for reelection.
Farmer is married and is getting ready to celebrate her 57th wedding anniversary. She has five children, 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was on the city council for eight years, but didn’t run again in 2008 due to health reasons. She was on the Hoisington Pharmacy Task Force, various economic committees and the Chamber of Commerce board.
She is retired from the Arizona State Retirement.
"This is where I grew up," said Farmer. "I went all through school here.
"I’ve worked on committees to make Hoisington more like it was," said Farmer. "We had dress stores, several auto agencies. It was a town of 5,000. I don’t like to see the empty buildings downtown."
Mater moved to Hoisington two years ago after 51 years in Great Bend.
He is running for city council because he wants to "make a few changes," Mater said. He wants, "more business in Hoisington to fill the empty buildings." He would do this with making some contacts.
Mater works in the oil field. He is not married and has no children.
Incumbent Sekavec is running for reelection and is running unopposed.
"I’ve enjoyed doing it," he said. "I like to represent the people. Hopefully, I can do some good."
He is married and has two children and four grandchildren.
Karen Van Brimmer
Incumbent Karen Van Brimmer is running for reelection and is running unopposed.
"I want to be involved in the city," said Van Brimmer. "I want to have a say in what goes on in the city so there is nothing detrimental to the people in my ward."
She is married and has one son, four step-children and 10 grandchildren.
Incumbent Brian Wilborn is running for reelection after being appointed the position after the resignation of Don Gordon.
"My wife and I both grew up here," said Wilborn. "We moved back in 2009. We were proud of Hoisington’s regrowth after the tornado. We decided to be involved in the growth and prosperity.
"My goal is to help the city continue to progress," he said. "My goal is to help the community to prosper."
Wilborn recommends that residents come to council meetings and see the hard work the council does and processes involved in making decisions.
Besides his experience on the council, he was president of the Economic Development Committee in Kingman. He works in loans and operations at a local bank. Wilborn and his wife have three kids.
Price moved to Hoisington in February, 2011 from Gardner. He is married with three children and two stepchildren. He drives a truck for local company.
"The main reason I’m running is so the people of Hoisington have a voice," said Price. "The energy bills of Hoisington are ridiculous. They(city) have other means of becoming fiscally sound. I don’t think they (city council) are doing their job."
"I am not a yes man for anybody," said Price. "I don’t think a city code should be passed unless it is in the best interest of the community. I will not let the city become a homeowner’s association.
"The city is making some bad moves" regarding dangerous, or unfit properties, he said.
He said the city is overstepping its boundaries on the properties. "Some need to come down," Price said. "The city oversteps them and thinks they are above state law.
"I am not a yes man and I will not tolerate people being a yes man for a resume," the candidate said.
"WE (the people of Hoisington) need fresh ideas in Hoisington’s City Council to help reduce the cost of our energy usage," Price said. "And new ideas on avenues that WE need to take to make this possible and have representatives that will do research and "our homework" to make Hoisington a city to truly be proud of." If you have questions please feel free to contact me.