Write-in Great Bend mayoral candidate Cody Schmidt submitted following biographical information. The election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 5.
“I am Cody Schmidt and I am running as a write in candidate for Mayor and I am committed to taking this community into the future. I want to see this community thrive, and bring families to Great Bend. I want existing and new businesses to grow and prosper. I want to fight crime and drugs in our community to make Great Bend safer. I want to beautify our community by improving our streets and infrastructure.
“My wife Kami and I have been lifelong residents of Great Bend. We have been married for ten years and have two children, Carter and Emma Schmidt. I also have family that lives in this community as I come from a family of eight siblings. I am a volunteer coach for the PKFL youth football league and Bombers youth baseball league. My family and I are members of Trinity United Methodist Church.
“I am the Director of Grounds and Transportation for USD 428, I understand how to manage employees and get tasks completed. I have to manage several different schedules to make sure my buses and employees all know where they are going. I manage grounds for our ten different facilities. I also have to work within a budget for my department. These skills will help me in my efforts to be your mayor by making sure our city staff stays on top of their everyday duties, holding people accountable for their work and help with staying within our yearly budget so taxes aren’t increased. I want to be a steward for your tax dollars.
“I consider myself a people person who will enjoy getting to know and visiting with the Great Bend residents and I will try to understand your wants, needs and concerns for our city. I am running for mayor out of a sense of duty and civil service to help make Great Bend a better place for both current and future residents, business and families.”