Karl Peterjohn announces candidacy for reelection

Jan 24, 2012   //   by admin   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Karl Peterjohn announces candidacy for reelection

On January 20th, Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn announced his intent to run for reelection to the office he presently holds. Following are his remarks at that time.

Friends, thank you for being here this afternoon. I am honored to have you here for my announcement about my candidacy for 2012.

This afternoon I want to announce that I will be seeking reelection as Sedgwick County Commissioner from district 3.

Today I have had the privilege of being the county commissioner for district 3 for just over three years. During this time we have made a number of accomplishments at a time of the worst economy since the Great Depression in the 1930’s.

Since I was elected in 2008, I have worked hard to keep this community safe at as reasonable a cost as possible. The population of the county jail is well below the number when I became a commissioner and lower cost alternatives for keeping this community safe are now being used.

The county checkbook is now online. Sedgwick County taxpayers can now get detailed information about the spending of their tax dollars by individual county employees, including me, but also including all of the elected county officials and detailed budget spending by each individual department I believe open checkbooks are needed and this achievement should occur at all levels of Kansas government. Sedgwick County’s check book is available at Sedgwick County Checkbook.

Today, Sedgwick County’s credit rating with Standard and Poors (S&P) is higher than the federal governments.

I have also fought some fiscal battles for the citizens where I have been in the minority. I believe that the taxpayers will want me to continue in this fight for fiscal accountability in county government, to continue to fight for property tax relief, and for limiting government spending growth.

I will continue to fight for voter empowerment at the ballot box that would require voter approval for any proposed county property tax hikes. I continue to support requiring voter approval for all Kansas governments seeking to raise taxes.

If I am reelected, I will continue to fight to make this county the best place to do business, grow high paying jobs with our exceptional and well trained workforce: Where we have a strong rule of law, protection of people’s rights to own and use their property that is protected from eminent domain abuses, voters will be empowered at the ballot box on tax decisions with economic freedom, free markets, and a level playing field that provides equal opportunity and fairness for all.

We need to grow our county and leave a better place, a better legacy, for our children and our children’s children. We need this foundation of freedom as we follow the Kansas motto, “To the stars through difficulties,” into the rest of the 21st century.

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