County Commission 3rd District field gets fifth candidate
Francis L. Hurla, a rural Tonganoxie Republican, has joined the list of candidates seeking the 3rd District Leavenworth County Commissioner's seat.
"I just feel that the people in our district should be a little better represented than they are now," Hurla said as his reasoning for filing for office.
He mentioned, in particular, being "really irritated about County Road 1," a multimillion-dollar improvement project that will give Leavenworth County its first direct access to a federal interstate highway.
In talking with 3rd District residents, Hurla said he learned the constituents' main concern is improving roads. Local roads, he said, should take priority over County Road 1.
A heating, ventilating and air-conditioning specialist, Hurla has owned and operated Hurla Heating and Cooling in Tonganoxie for 15 years.
He also served as Tonganoxie Township clerk for several years in the early 1980s and has lived in the area for 30 years with his wife, Mary K.
Hurla, along with Republicans John Flower, Marvin Torneden, Bill Merkel and Dave Taylor all have filed for the seat now held by Commissioner Dean Oroke, who has said he would not seek re-election.
No Democrat has yet filed for the seat.
Candidates for all elected offices must file or withdraw their bid for office before the June 10 deadline.
The five-candidate Republican field will be pared to one in the Aug. 5 primary. The general election will be Nov. 4.
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