2006 Voter's Guide
The 2006 voter's guide published Oct. 26 contained errors for the city council and mayor candidates for Raymond and Regal. Jeff Morris and Ardell Tensen are running for the two, four-year terms on the Raymond City Council. No one filed for mayor....
The 2006 voter's guide published Oct. 26 contained errors for the city council and mayor candidates for Raymond and Regal.
Jeff Morris and Ardell Tensen are running for the two, four-year terms on the Raymond City Council. No one filed for mayor.
Sue Brauchler and Janet Fleck are running for two fouryear terms on the Regel City Council. Jack Kotten is running for mayor of Regal.
4th District seat
in Meeker County
Editor's Note: Due to technical problems, George Ruhland's response to the Tribune voters' guide questionnaire arrived too late for inclusion in the Election 2006 section published Oct. 26. His responses are published here. The responses of opponent Wally Strand are in the Oct. 26 section.
Voters in Meeker County's Fourth Commissioner District will choose a new commissioner to represent them on the County Board.
The contest is between Wally Strand of Kimball and George Ruhland? of Eden Valley. The two candidates were the top vote-getters in the September primary, in which incumbent Hugh Wagner was defeated.
Why are you seeking this elected position?
Ruhland?: Having spent 30 years in business in this county as co-owner of Ruhland? Hardware, Eden Valley Rental and the Suds Hut Car Wash, I would like to return some time in public service to the people of Meeker County.
Meeker County is beginning to see more land use issues arise in rural areas as the needs of production agriculture and growing residential development come into conflict. If elected, what would you do to address the land use issues that have developed, such as conflicts over feedlot sizes and location? Can a balance be struck between the needs of agriculture and the desire by a growing number of people to make their homes in rural Meeker County?
Ruhland: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has 14 times more people per square mile; nine times more cattle; thirteen times more milk cows; six times more hogs; and eight times more chickens than Meeker County. I believe we must learn to live in harmony with rural development and ag expanding needs.
Meeker County has adopted a clean air ordinance that prohibits smoking in restaurants and other public places, and will eventually require liquor establishments to do so as well. Do you support the current ordinance or do you feel changes are required?
Ruhland: I feel the county should have let the state deal with the smoking issue. Having said that, I feel the ordinance should not require liquor establishments to prohibit smoking.