County needs Drees on board

This coming Tuesday, Aug. 7, we have the opportunity to elect the Republican candidate to the Finney County Commission. To me, the choice is clear. Duane Drees is the man for the job. I have known Duane professionally for more than 30 years. His passion for agriculture and the community is second to none. Duane has served on numerous agriculture boards over the years including the Finney County Farm Bureau, Finney County Conservation District, Ag Extension Advisory Board and the Garden City Co-op, where he served as chairman for four years. He has also been involved at St. Dominic Church where he served on the Pastoral Council and Youth Commission.

As a farmer in northeast Finney County, his ties to the land and the rural community run deep. Duane knows firsthand the issues rural Finney County residents face such as road maintenance and the difficulties of distance that the fire department, ambulance and the sheriff's department must deal with.

Throughout the campaign, Duane has identified himself as a fiscal conservative and has pledged many times to hold the mill level as low as possible while still maintaining the services that we in Finney County depend on.

Duane has proven himself a leader to the community many times over. Please join me in voting for Duane Drees for Finney County Commissioner.

RAY PURDY,

Garden City

Experience gives Richmeier edge

Our local law enforcement leaders should be honest and accountable. Thankfully, we have three qualified candidates running for Finney County Attorney. John Wheeler has built a good organization during his tenure, but my choice and in my opinion the best person to replace him is local Garden City attorney and Garden City High School graduate, Susan Richmeier. Susan has been in private practice for more than 15 years. She has had vast experience defending criminal cases as well as an extensive domestic and civil practice. Susan even has specialized training in the field of "child abuse and neglect."

Susan's community service experience is wide and varied, too. As such, she comes in contact with many people. Some attorneys in Susan's position might find it difficult to be impartial. However, Susan's involvement with school, civic and business organizations is a big plus for her. In my professional dealings with Susan as an opposing attorney, I have never observed that relationships or social standing influence her professionalism. I firmly believe that as your next County Attorney, Susan will enforce the law for the benefit of all. Further, she will make budget-conscious decisions by concentrating resources on violent and repeat offenders, domestic/child abusers and drug dealers.

Please join me in casting your vote on Aug. 7 for Susan Richmeier.

BILL WRIGHT,

Garden City

True dedication from Richmeier

We believe that Susan Richmeier has the commitment and dedication to continue to make Finney County a great place to raise a family. She has the knowledge, leadership abilities and experience to lead the county attorney's office and make budget-wise decisions for the taxpayers of Finney County. A new perspective for the County Attorney's office is just what this county needs. Please vote for Susan Richmeier on Aug. 7.

PAUL and LINDA FINCH,

Garden City