CASPER, Wyo. — Election season is underway and Oil City News has sent a list of questions to each candidate for the Evansville Town Council who has filed to run in the primary election in August.
These questions are designed to give our readers a better understanding of the people behind the names on the ballot. Below, get to know Walt Berens, who is running for a seat on the Evansville Town Council:
1. Who are you? (Name, where you’re from, employment, hobbies, etc.)
Lived in Evansville for 11 years.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing.
2. Why have you decided to run for office and what do you hope to accomplish should you be elected?
I want to help Evansville grow without losing the small-town feel, continue to improve services and support growth.
3. How do you plan on accomplishing your goals?
Hope to accomplish this by working with the other councilmembers and the residents of Evansville.
4. What experience do you have that qualifies you for the office you are seeking?
I have worked with several groups including State Fire Marshal’s Office, Converse and Natrona County Fire, NRA, along with others. I also managed Tri County Fire and Safety for 12 years.
5. Do you feel you could be a good steward with taxpayer dollars? Why or why not?
I would be a good steward with the taxpayers’ money because I am one of them and know what it takes to operate on a budget.
6. On the issue of transparency, where do you stand on ensuring all public business is conducted openly and in a manner that encourages public attendance?
I encourage the citizens and others to attend council meetings and voice their opinions and want all to know and understand how and what the council is doing for them.
7. Do you believe the office or board position you seek has been open and honest with the public? If yes, how can the entity remain open and transparent when conducting public business moving forward. If no, what changes would you implement to ensure that all future dealings are open and transparent?
Yes, I believe they have been open and honest with the citizens. We can keep being open and honest by continuing with the web cast of meetings and having an open door policy.
8. If you were presiding over a meeting and a topic was being discussed that you didn’t fully understand, would you ask for a more detailed explanation during the meeting or would you seek the information after the meeting?
Hopefully I would have all the information before the meeting, especially if I am presiding over the meeting, but if not I would ask for more details during the meeting and possibly table the issue until more information is available.
9. Should you be elected, or reelected, do you plan on seeking any major policy changes in your chosen office? If yes, what would those changes be? If no, why not?
I have no major changes in mind for now.
10. Is there anything the above questions didn’t ask that you would like to comment on?
NOTE: All primary candidates who filed to run for the Evansville Town Council were sent questionnaires at the same time and Oil City News will publish responses in the order they are received. Candidate responses are only edited for clarity and style.
If you are a candidate and did not see the questionnaire in your inbox, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Oil City News sent questionnaires to Natrona County candidates running in the primary for municipal, county office or a seat in the Wyoming Legislature based on email addresses shared by the Natrona County Clerk’s Office; if you would prefer the questionnaire sent to a different address, please let us know.