Archive for Thursday, April 24, 2008

Custodian files to become second 3rd District candidate

April 24, 2008

The race for 3rd District Leavenworth County Commissioner now has more than one contender.

Marvin Torneden, a Linwood Republican who filed with the County Clerk's Office, will join Bonner Springs Republican John Flower in seeking the 3rd District seat to be vacated in January 2009 by Commissioner Dean Oroke.

Torneden is a lifelong Leavenworth County resident.

He has worked as a custodian for the Basehor-Linwood School District for the past five years and owns a farm, where he raises beef cattle and hogs part-time.

Torneden has also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Reno Township Fire Department since its inception, and he worked for the township doing road maintenance for several years as well.

"I know a lot about roads," he said.

Asked why he was running for county commissioner, Torneden said, "I want to keep the government for the people, and I want to work for the people in my area."

This will be Torneden's second attempt to win a commission seat after an unsuccessful bid against Oroke in 2004.

Torneden's filing sets up a GOP primary on Aug. 5, with the general election to follow Nov. 4. No Democrats have filed for the seat.

The deadline for a County position is noon June 10.

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