By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
In the past 10 years, Liberal has seen growth in construction and business expansion, and Janet Willimon would like the city to continue to work on progress in those areas, as well as beautification of the community.
As one of eight candidates pursuing seats on the Liberal City Commission, Willimon said the town looks better every day, and she said as a commissioner, she would continue to strive to make Liberal the cleanest city in Southwest Kansas.
“That would help us all take greater pride in our town and make it more attractive to visitors and prospective businesses,” she said.
Willimon also believes the city needs to utilize its facilities in a better way.
“We are blessed to have museums, parks and public buildings,” she said. “I would like to see those used to enhance the quality of life in our community and again to attract more people and more business.”
In addition to quality of life, safety is likewise a top priority for Willimon, mainly keeping Liberal safe through support of local law enforcement.
Willimon is a Liberal native, and she has a deep love for the community.
“I truly care about Liberal,” she said. “I was raised here. I have raised two children in Liberal.”
Willimon has also owned and operated several businesses in Liberal.
“I have lots of passion and energy to bring to the table,” she said. “I am a people person and truly care about the interests and concerns of the citizens here.”
Willimon sees several things happening in the next decade in Liberal, including continuing work on a community recreation center, improving entries into the community, trees and landscaping and, most of all, citywide pride.
“Everyone is involved with it voluntarily picking up trash or stopping the spray painting on brick walls,” she said.
Willimon also wants to work closely with the city’s growing ethnic population, and this includes co-mingling with the cultures to the betterment of American traditions.
“I see big things happening in Liberal,” she said. “We have fine people in this community who have a hunger and healthy appetite for a better Liberal.”
Willimon said she sees herself as part of that vision, “rolling up my sleeves, working together and facing the challenges.”
“As your city commissioner, I will strive to be committed to the betterment of Liberal,” she said.