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Randy Myers announces candidacy for mayor of Great Bend
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Myers ran his first campaign for mayor on the platform that streets were in the deplorable condition, a problem he said has since been remedied. He said he also pushed for additional safety features at Brit Spaugh Zoo, features that are now in place.

Myers said cooperation between city and county officials is vital. This means a willingness to work with other city and Barton County leaders. As mayor, said he will work to have monthly meetings with Barton County and other city leaders to discuss what we can do to work together as a community "because community means more than just Great Bend."

"We hear stories about Great Bend keeping out businesses and keeping wages low and I saw that first hand when the city gave Red Barn incentive money to relocate here and put a clause in the contract to keep wages low." Myers believes the city council is not allowed to know what projects are being worked on by the economic development board because some people don’t want to bring anything to town that might steal away their low-paid workers. "We are told that the reason is to keep the information confidential is because some companies would back out if the information would be made public. If we can’t trust the city council to maintain confidential information, if it should indeed be confidential, then we have a problem."

Looking to the future means the city embrace things like wind turbines in the county. "Instead the city council voted against allowing wind generators in the three mile radius. That is not progressive thinking."

Myers said he believes when we have two or more local businesses provide the same services or products, then the council doesn’t need to seek out-of-town bids as the city has been doing. "Local businesses have to be licensed to work in the city and then the city hires out-of-town contractors who do not have a city license; they buy a permit to work here. What does that say to the contractors who are here and pay every year?"

If there is only have one business that does a specific service or sells a specific product, then Myers said the city should get other bids to ensure that we are spending your tax dollar wisely. If the bids are close we should still stay with the local bidder, and he wants to see all of the businesses in town treated equally.

Myers said crime is up in Great Bend. When the graffiti problem came up some years back, Myers said the city needed to get back to the neighborhood watch program, but the idea met with some resistance. Myers has over 10 years in law enforcement and as mayor he will work for high moral and for the very best proactive police force the city can possibly have. "That means putting officers out in the neighborhoods where you live, we need to concentrate on the high crime rates and protecting your homes and property should be priority number one."

He also believes in transparency in government and will work toward having all city council meetings televised on the city channel. He believes that if a citizen comes to city hall and requests information on any open records then those records should be readily available, not obscured with red tape.

Myers said he will work to have Grant Street opened up because now that the Great Bend Regional Hospital is the only full-service hospital, it is much more important to have additional access. "Getting your loved ones to medical care should be the priority here. This will also allow access to Wal-Mart from McKinley Street." He said he has pushed to have the traffic light put in the Broadway and Harrison intersection and that project will be a reality now.

Myers has been a resident of Great Bend most of his life being born and raised here. He spent over six years on the Great Bend Police Department and then worked as an officer in Bushton and Ellsworth. Randy’s wife of 27 years and he raised two sons here and he has been on the board of directors for Central Kansas CASA and was a past vice president and president on that board. He has helped build homes for Habitat for Humanity and rang the bell for the Salvation Army. He is currently a supervisor for UPS and he is fully invested in this community.