Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2008

Farmer to focus on voting, taxes

July 24, 2008

Marvin Torneden, one of seven Republican candidates for 3rd District Leavenworth County commissioner, says he is running in hopes of bringing "the government back to the people through voting accountability and integrity."

The Linwood farmer who has worked as a custodian for the past five years with the Basehor-Linwood School District also has been a member of the Reno Township Volunteer Fire Department since its inception and was a road worker with Reno Township for two years.

In a recent candidate questionnaire, Torneden said major capital improvement projects, like constructing an interchange on Interstate 70 at County Road 1 and upgrading the countywide emergency communications system, should be handled "by a vote of the people : with rights of the minority in mind."

He said he would "make any and all possible efforts to hold the line or decrease taxes" and advocated managing growth in an organized fashion "if there is to be growth" and keeping rural roads in good shape.

Asked whether he would support locating a regional air and business park in Leavenworth County, Torneden responded, "Only if approved by voters and didn't raise taxes. It would have to be self-supporting."

For Torneden's full responses to a candidate questionnaire, visit


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