Gary Wilson is looking to return to the Cowley County Commission, a position he held for 12 years until he lost re-election in 2016.
Wilson, of rural Arkansas City, is currently an elected Cowley College trustee but said he would leave that position if elected to the commission. He is in the third year of a 4-year trustee term.
“I can actually hold the college board until I am seated,” he said. “You don’t seat until January on the county commission.”
Wilson said he felt he was more effective as a county commissioner and would appreciate the opportunity to serve the county again. His candidacy potentially setup a rematch with incumbent Bob Voegele, for the District 2 seat, if Voegele decides to run for a second term.
“No bones to pick, no axes to grind, it’s something I really enjoyed doing,” Wllson said.
Wilson was a democrat when he served on the county commission, but this time filed as republican. He said he supported the Democratic Party for more than 67 years but now feels that the national party no longer represents him.
Wilson said that the Republican Party stands more in line with his beliefs and his vision of what the country should be.
“I think we are all part of the whole and we should contribute if we are able to,” Wilson said.
He said roads and bridges have always been one of his top priorities, and he cited common sense used to fix the Chestnut Avenue Bridge — owned by the county — at a low cost.
He said would work to keep those he represents first and foremost in his mind.
“That’s what I base my decisions on,” he said.
If elected, Wilson will represent District 2, which includes all residents living in the townships of: Beaver, Bolton, Cedar, Grant, Silverdale, Spring Creek and West Creswell and most of Arkansas City.