In the race for county commissioners, two new candidates face off for the seat that will be vacated by Duane Deterding, who is retiring. We asked Randy Stubbs and Kent Weems these questions and here is what they said:

Randall Stubbs, 60 Occupation: Business owner, Stubbs Auctioneers Residence: Maxwell

What experiences have you had that would make you a good commissioner?

As a self-employed business owner most of my adult life, I have learned how to accomplish goals and be successful with a limited staff and budget. This experience served me well when I was elected to three terms as a Maxwell Village Trustee.

As a Trustee, I used my leadership skills to work with others to complete significant projects and achieve goals that a lot of people thought were not achievable. As a longtime resident of Maxwell and the “northside” of North Platte, I have experienced first-hand how difficult it can be to make ends meet and raise a family with the tax burdens that we all face.

Even still, I enjoy the quality of life that we have here and I want to make sure that my children and grandchildren can earn a living and safely raise their families here. My experience tells me that anything worth having is worth fighting for, and I will fight for the people of District 2.

 

What would you like to accomplish?

At the end of my term serving the citizens of District 2, I will be satisfied with nothing less than having helped make Lincoln County a better place to live and raise a family. This includes better roads for travel and getting crops to market and all this being done within the constraints of a conservative budget.

I will work hard to lower taxes, minimize government, support law enforcement and build a better future for future generations. What are your thoughts on these issues?

 

Roads

Funding roads and bridges and maintaining infrastructure without raising taxes is my top priority. I believe we pay for this by controlling costs, eliminating waste and working together to come up with new ideas and innovative ways to meet the needs of District 2, now and in the future.

 

Property taxes

We can all agree that taxes are too high. We need to control our county budget without placing an undue tax burden on our constituents. We need to find innovative ways to cut costs, streamline government and control spending. Let’s find ways to lower taxes.

 

County spending / budget

I will keep control of the budget by working actively with the county administration to make sure that we are using our resources to our advantage. I will look for waste in our budget and work to eliminate it. I will also make sure that we do not control the budget by raising taxes.

 

Other issues?

As a candidate, I have traveled District 2 specifically to learn the issues that are important to my future constituents. I have enjoyed our conversations and now have an even keener sense of what District 2 needs.

A common theme has emerged from our conversations: taxes are too high. Many residents have a road condition issue and nearly all mention their disdain of courthouse security measures.

I will address all of these issues when elected.

 

Family, civic activities: God has blessed me with a wonderful family and my leisure time always includes them. Fishing, hunting, riding horses and riding ATVs are all part of the pleasures we enjoy here in this beautiful county. Our children and grandchildren are active in sports, especially rooting for the Maxwell Wildcats, and we love anything Huskers.


 

Kent Weems, 58 Occupation: Manager at Ag-Valley CoOp in North Platte Residence: Northern Lincoln County.

What experiences have you had that would make you a good commissioner?

I was raised in retail agriculture and involved in a family grain, feed and fertilizer dealership until 1986. I obtained a series 7 securities license and worked as an investment broker/financial planner for approximately six years. I served as Weed Superintendent for Lincoln County for about 4 years before returning to retail agriculture.

I simultaneously operated our farm and ranch in rural Lincoln County during these years. I served on the local school board in the mid 80s. I was a Bank Board Director for approximately 4 years and I’m currently serving on the local Emergency Planning Committee.

I have a unique blend of both public and private sector experience. I believe that provides me with a fairly comprehensive understanding of the challenges we face, including limited financial resources, as well as acquiring and retaining quality employees.

 

What would you like to accomplish?

In our roads department, I would like to see a more thorough training regimen in place for equipment operators. As in any business, some employees are simply better skilled at certain tasks while others are challenged to learn the process.

I understand the challenge to train and retain good staff. It has been my experience that the more skilled crew members can often serve as mentors/trainers to those who need help. It would be a priority to encourage such an approach.

Overall, a somewhat different approach to the choice of road aggregate for problem areas is in need of review, throughout the county. The overall improvement of road conditions and certainly important to anyone who lives in rural areas.

 

Property taxes?

Property tax relief doesn’t appear to be on the horizon and the only way to combat the expense for property owners is to operate as efficiently as possible at all levels of government.

Interlocal agreements are a great asset when it comes to minimizing costs between governmental entities that should be pursued further.

 

County spending/budget?

Even though the higher property evaluations have created a windfall in 2018-19, it doesn’t mean the available funds must be spent. Good stewardship still applies. We are in a tight economic environment for county residents. Lincoln County has a tradition of good fiscal discipline and I want to continue that tradition.

 

Family, other civic activities: My wife Vickie and I have been married for 37 years. We have two grown sons and 6 grandchildren. Both sons are active in agriculture in Lincoln County.