Most county candidates running unopposed; Dist. 3 in primary struggle
Most of the candidates for offices up for election this fall are unopposed. The lone exception to the rule is the office of District 3 county commissioner now held by Democrat Bill Percifield. Percifield will have a Republican opponent in the form of either Ernest Eslinger, or Mark Blackburn.
Percifield will know his Nov. 7 challenger after the July 25 Republican Primary.
Economic development is high on the list, on on both of his potential oppontents minds.
Blackburn , who works for Percifield, (a year come September), thinks the county needs more businesses.
“I thought about it for about four or five months before I decided to run. We need changes, need to change the way we do things; something different. We need businesses to make the town thrive,” he said
Eslinger, a former county employee whom Percifield defeated four years ago, said he decided to run again because, “I don't feel Bill is doing enough to get business and industry here. If I should win I plan to spend a good deal of my time doing that.”
Eslinger is president of the Keyes School board and sees economic development as important to the county and to the schools and hospital.
Eslinger graduated from Plainview High near Griggs and has degrees from Wichita State Univ. in Business and Justice.
Jennie Richardson, is the lone candidate to replace the retiring County Treasurer Gayla James. Richardson is James' Deputy.
Running unopposed for Tax Assessor is incumbent Pat Hiner.
Running unopposed for District 1 County commissioner is incumbent Kenneth Maness.
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