By EARL WATT
• Daily Leader
Former Seward County Commissioner Randy Malin will return to the panel of five commissioners after defeating Stephen "Ike" Eisenhauer Tuesday in the District 3 Republican primary.
Malin earned 68 percent of the vote over incumbent Eisenhauer in a year when nationwide predictions are against current office holders.
"I think the people have spoken," Malin said. "I am ready to get after it. I think there are things we should be doing. With the economy the way it is, we need to work our tails off with money we've got."
Malin said he was a true conservative and was not in favor of a mill levy increase. But he believed it was his stability that appealed to the voters in Dist. 3.
"I think what appealed to voters was my solid, stable foundation," Malin said. "That's what I grew up with — tell the people who you are and what you believe and work towards it. People with accept it or reject it. I remember when I got beat in 2002, I think the hog deal was my demise. I was for the hogs. I knew that would happen and ity did happen. I had a friend tell me that he didn't like my deciisons but he admired me for standing for what I believed. We have to stand for what we believe in in this county and you have to be on solid footing and stable in your thinking."
When it came to taxes, Malin said there is a better option than property taxes — a sales tax.
" I am against raising the mill levy," he said. "But it m ay get done before I get in there. The voters can rest assured I will not raise property taxes. My philosophy is the sales tax is the fairest tax. We have people coming in form 60 to 100 miles, they can help pay for it, too."
Malin said he also would be an advocate for the Fair.
"I've always been a proponent of the fair," Malin said. "When I was growing up the fair was the thing to go to. Kids had livestock. It was a family deal. The whole family could go and watch shows, exhibits and rodeos. I'm still a proponent of the fair. It needs to be funded. A lot of people can't go on vacation but can come to the fair. It gives them a break. We need to keep the fair. It is a good part of the county."
Malin added that he appreciated those that voted for him and allowed him to put his signs in their yards, and he was also appreciative of the way opponent Ike Eisenhauer ran the race.
"I would tell Mr. Eisenhauer he ran a good clean campaign," he said. "I thought we kept it on the up and up."