By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
As the incumbent in the District No. 3, Steve “Ike” Eisenhauer is seeking his third term on the county commission, and he would like to carry on with progress that has been made in his first two terms.
Eisenhauer pointed primarily to the progress that has been made with Southwest Medical Center and the expansion of the Liberal hospital, but he said the county likewise needs to resolve issues with its judicial system.
“We’re going to have to try to do something with the community corrections and JCAPS matter and try to get that thing turned around, back on track as far as continuing some of the programs the new director has started there and giving support to that and getting things going for the youth,” he said.
Local officials have been working recently to secure more wind energy for the area. Eisenhauer said while he is in favor of the source, he believes a more coordinated effort is needed with the federal government in order to get transmission lines run, which would allow expansion of wind energy.
“It’s a good clean source of energy,” he said. “It is one thing that is free and we have plenty of, but we just don’t have any way of getting the electricity that generates from here to the populated areas where it’s needed the most.”
Working with other groups in the county for the betterment of Liberal and Seward County is likewise something Eisenhauer would like to see, and he believes what has happened there is a step in the right direction.
“I think we’ve got good coordination and cooperation between all the different governmental agencies,” he said. “I think, if we just keep a positive attitude and keep working towards common goals. I feel we’ve got good cooperation between the county and the city and the various boards such as the school board. I think we just need to stay on the path that we’re on.”